Breast Cancer

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How Does Breast Cancer Affect The Body

There are some symptoms of breast cancer that are common for most types of cancer. These tend to be the effects that cancer has on the body as a whole. For example, people with breast cancer often suffer from extreme fatigue and a lack of energy. They may also suffer from nausea, a lack of appetite, and may have sudden and unexplained weight loss.

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Who is at risk?

  • Age: the risk for breast cancer goes up as you get older
  • Your health history: having had breast cancer in the past increases the risk for having breast cancer in the future
  • Getting your first period early: women who got their first period before age 12 have a higher risk for breast cancer than women who got their first period after age 12
  • Having a close family member who has had breast cancer: you have a greater chance of having breast cancer if your mother, sister, or daughter has had breast cancer
  • Race: white women are at higher risk for breast cancer than are women of other races
  • Causes of breast cancer:

    • Getting older: the older a woman gets, the higher is her risk of developing breast cancer
    • Genetics
    • Family History
    • Having had certain types of breast lumps: women who have had some types of benign (non-cancerous) breast lumps are more likely to develop cancer later on
    • Dense breast tissue: women with more dense breast tissue have a greater chance of developing breast cancer
    • Estrogen exposure: women who started having periods earlier or entered menopause later than usual have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. This is because their bodies have been exposed to estrogen for longer. Estrogen exposure begins when periods start, and drops dramatically during the menopause.
    • Obesity
    • Height: taller-than-average women have a slightly greater likelihood of developing breast cancer than shorter-than-average women
    • Alcohol consumption
    • Radiation exposure
    • HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
    • Certain jobs: French researchers found that women who worked at night prior to a first pregnancy had a higher risk of eventually developing breast cancer.

    support groups for breast cancer

    • National Breast Cancer Foundation
    • Susan G. Komen Race for the cure
    • Avon Walk for breast cancer


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