5 Controllable Risk Factors of Breast Cancer

by Stacey Daniels, RN Manager, Shell Point Retirement Community

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it never hurts to review preventative measure that you can take to avoid a health scare.  Certain risk factors can be controlled:

  1. It is believed that the use of oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy may play a role in developing breast cancer.
  2. Studies have shown that women who do not have children, or have children after the age of 30, may have a higher risk.
  3. The use of alcohol is clearly linked to the development of breast cancer.
  4. Obesity and high fat diets are risk factors for many health problems, and in post-menopausal women, can predispose them to breast cancer.
  5. Even moderate physical activity, rather than inactivity, can provide lifelong protection against cancers of all forms.

The most important thing to remember is that breast cancer is not picky. It doesn’t care if you live in a retirement community, an assisted living facility, or in your own independent living residence. However, monthly self-breast exam will greatly increase your chances of detecting breast cancer before it might develop to a dangerous level. If you are concerned about your health, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your personal physician.