A number of research studies have identified and highlighted the risk factors that increase the risks for breast cancer.
These are the same risk factors that we use in our health program to teach people how to promote health and prevent disease.
We call them avoidable health risk factors for the purpose of our health education program.
The studies involved risk factors such as:
*Exposure to second hand smoke
*Body mass index
*Waist and hip circumference
In one study researchers compared women who never smoked with those who smoked for some time. The highest risk was among:
-Women who smoked during their teens
-Women who smoked before their first full term pregnancy.
Researchers found that those who smoke for some time and quit had a 9% increased risk for invasive breast cancer while those who are current smokers have a 16% increased risk.
Among those who quit the increased risk continued for up to 20 years after.
Compared to those who were not exposed to second hand smoke, those with extensive exposure had a 32% increased risk.
In another study, 155,000 women participated in a study that looked at body mass index and physical activity. The researchers found that in postmenopausal women as the body size increases and physical activity decreases the risk for breast cancer increases.
Smoking cessation help and awareness are now available globally as the turns to no smoking to prevent premature deaths and disease.
Our health program prepares people to eliminate these health risks factors by teaching and coaching them to live healthier lives.