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What Causes Breast Cancer?

Recent breast cancer statistics state that one in eight women are at risk for developing breast cancer in their lifetime and over fifty women are at greatest risk for developing breast cancer. Breast cancer can be diagnosed through a mammogram or a self-diagnosis. Self-diagnosis is not a doctor's replacement.

Finding out the true cause of breast cancer is still very difficult, because each cancer can be treated by a completely different cause. In general, cancer is caused by free radicals, also known as defective cells, that adhere to the cells. There is also a link to high levels of estrogen. High estrogen levels may be due to hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, and high preservatives found in herbicides and pesticides.

We may classify the reasons listed above as generally beyond our control. However, there are other things that could put someone at risk for breast cancer under our control. This includes:

- Excessive alcohol consumption.

- High fat foods.

- Pregnancy after 30 years.

- Use of oral contraceptives.

Unfortunately, our society teaches us that most things can be improved with pills. However, to really help prevent cancer, you can do some or all of the following: Exercise regularly. This can be as easy as walking for 30 minutes daily. Eat foods that are high in fiber and vegetables and low in fat. Eat some fruit. Always make sure you get the right amount for you. You may need 7 hours of sleep, you may need more or less. Listen to your body because it will tell you. Make sure you diagnose yourself and stick to the schedule. You can also consider progesterone cream as well. This actually regulates your body's hormones so that estrogen levels are not too high. Doing these things will go a long way in helping to prevent breast cancer and reducing your risk of developing it.


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