Health Tip: Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Some are associated with lifestyle choices

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(HealthDay News) -- Although many risk factors for breast cancer cannot be controlled -- such as genetic mutations, age, and family history -- others are associated with lifestyle choices.

The American Cancer Society offers this list of lifestyle factors that may increase a woman's risk of breast cancer:

  • Having no children.
  • Using oral contraceptives, depending on at what age and for how long they were taken.
  • Using post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
  • Abuse of alcohol.
  • Being obese and eating a high-fat diet.
  • Getting inadequate physical activity.

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