Cancer

Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer

Written by Dr. Seyed Ali Jazaeri and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 
Image: Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer

There are a few risk factors that make you more susceptible to get breast cancer, which cannot always be prevented. But, there are things you can do that might lower your risk. Breast cancer risk factors mean anything that affects your chance of getting breast cancer. But having a risk factor does not mean that you are sure to get the disease in the future. While you cannot change some breast cancer risk factors like family history and aging, there are some other risk factors that you can control.

The risk factors for breast cancer that you cannot change are:

  1. Being a woman.
  2. Getting older.
  3. Having certain gene changes.
  4. Positive family history for breast cancer.
  5. Early menarche (before 12).
  6. Late menopause (after 55).
  7. Certain benign breast conditions.

The other group of risk factors is related to your personal behaviors. These risk factors are categorized into three groups:

  1. Factors with proven effect.
  2. Factors with unclear effect.
  3. Factors with disproven effect.

The first group that of course should be avoided are:

  1. Drinking alcohol.
  2. Being overweight or obese.
  3. Not being physically active.
  4. Not having children.
  5. Not breastfeeding.
  6. Some birth control methods.
  7. Hormone therapy after menopause.

The second group of risk factors which have an unclear effect and more research is needed to prove their effect are:

  1. Factors related to diet.
  2. Environment.
  3. Tobacco smoke.

The last group which has been proven that they do not affect getting breast cancer are:

  1. Using antiperspirants.
  2. Wearing different types of bras.

Try to keep your breasts healthy by avoiding its’ risk factors. Consult a gynecologist to know how to calculate your risk of getting breast cancer, how you should do breast self-examination, and which tests you need to do according to your age and risk, to be sure that your breasts are healthy.

Last reviewed at: 12.Jan.2019

RATING

15
 


Do you have a question on Breast Cancer or Breast Lump?
 
* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.
 

Related Questions & Answers


I am worried about my breast lump. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old mother of a 11 months old. Today, I found a red, inflammation on the surface of left breast on the lower side. It is a lump kind of stuff. I am doubtful whether it is cancer. I did not see any other symptoms of breast cancer as other things look normal. I am so worried....  Read Full »
Dr. Sweta Singh
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. An inflamed lump is unlikely to be a cancer. This is an often occurrence in women with babies being breastfed. It occurs due to an infection. However, any lump must be examined by a breast surgeon and if required a sample of the tissue taken in order to ascertain the ca...  Read Full »
 
For breast cancer, should we do chemo first or surgery?
Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and had a right mastectomy. She however did not have chemo or radiation. She has a little extra fat to the lateral area of the breast that after surgery it looked like a small third breast. Right over the old incision has de...  Read Full »
Dr. Saumya Mittal
Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Here are my suggestions: Assuming that you want to undergo full treatment, the best method would be to start chemo and radiotherapy. The cycles of chemotherapy will depend on the medicine chosen by your oncologist. This will reduce the tumor size. Then go ahead with th...  Read Full »
 
Evaluation of Breast Problems That Women Can Do at Home
Article Overview: This is a patient information article about common breast diseases and how to evaluate it.  Read Article »
Dr. Rashi Verma
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

For females, an easy way to assess their breast problems is the need of the hour. A female should do a simple checkup at home. If they notice any change then they should bring it to the doctor's attention immediately. Symptoms: Majority of women who come to the surgical outpatient department compl ...  Read Article »
 
I have a breast lump. Is there a possibility that it might be cancerous?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a lump in between my breasts. I have had it for a couple of years. Yesterday, I noticed that it got slightly bigger. Also, it became painful and red. Is there a possibility that it might be cancerous? I do not have any family history of breast cancer.  Read Full »
Dr. Anshul Varshney
Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. Any breast lump definitely requires evaluation for cancerous growth. However, a lot of many times, it is benign in nature called as fibroadenoma and sudden redness and pain could be due to secondary infection the fibroadenoma. However, in any cas...  Read Full »
 

Ask a Doctor Online

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours

Related Tags