im doing a health report on breast cancer and i was wondering why are more and more people being diagnosed with breast cancer each year? its on lifestyle diseases so something to do with something we can change or something you can do to help prevent people from developing breast cancer.
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If we had those answers we would be set for life. However a lot is still unknown about the origin of most cancers.
In fact the incidence of breast cancer haven't increased significantly in the last couple of decades. Any small increase can be accounted for by improved and more widespread screening, and the fact that better health care means that more people are living longer. Breast cancer (like most other cancers) is mainly a disease of ageing - 80% of those diagnosed are over 50 and the average age at diagnosis is a little over 60 - so the more people live into old age, the more cases of breast (and other) cancers there will be. The causes of breast cancer are not known, so it can't be described as a lifestyle disease. Between 5 and 10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary, and other than that the causes are unknown. There are known risk factors, and one or two of them are avoidable - being overweight, especially after the menopause, increases your risk, so does regular consumption of more than one unit of alcohol daily. A risk factor is not a cause though, and most women who tick both those boxes don't get breast cancer. There is no reason to suppose your risk of breast cancer is increasing; it will increase as you get older, but there has been no huge (or even moderate) statistical increase in the numbers of breast cancer cases.
The actual cause of most cancer is still unknown and breast cancer is just one of them. More people are being diagnosed with breast cancer for a number of reasons. Screening for women has improved significantly, and so this means earlier diagnosis and detection. People are more aware of the signs that would cause concern and so are more likely to consult a doctor rather than ignore it. Life expectancy is rising and so as people are living longer their chances of developing breast cancer increases. It is most likely to affect women over 50. Lifestyle changes is something that many would say have increased cancers, but there is probably an equal number that would argue that it has not. All the best
Your information is incorrect on two points. Breast cancer incidence in the United States has been relatively stable for many years. It is not rising on a per capitation basis. Also, breast cancer is not linked to lifestyle choices. In fact, breast cancer is one of several cancers that is typically idiopathic, meaning no known cause. Examples of lifestyle related cancers include lung, throat, and mouth cancer brought on by long term smoking.
It is true that no one knows what causes breast cancer, and it is true that the health community can only make guesses in most instances, but there ARE a few risks, none of which can be controlled. If you hit puberty before age 12, if you never had kids, or had them late in life, if you never breast fed, and of course -- age. But at the same time, you could have all these things, and never get cancer at all.... no one knows what causes it. Then again, you hear more about it then you used to, because Media jump all over any story about a famous person battling it, or any sort of cancer. If it's someone REALLY famous, it gets a lot of press, especially online. And whoever said it was a "lifestyle cancer" is totally wrong Different things put someone at RISK, but that's all. To really help you with your report, try looking through breastcancer.org, or cancer.org The first site is specifically about breast cancer, and the other mentions all sorts, but I suggest you look through both. Just remember, no one knows what causes it, who will or won't get it, etc. I hope you get an A on your report.
I think people used to die of breast cancer without ever knowing what they had. Today, we have mammograms and chemotherapy and radiation. We also keep statistics. Although, there are some "hot spots" in the country. I happen to live in one which is near a toxic waste dump. Here in Delaware we have duPont and other chemical dumps. When I had breast cancer, I went to chemo and radiation with at least 10 other people from my own neighborhood.
Don't worry about developing breast cancer. Isn't it true that some diagnoses have been wrong and breasts have been removed unnecessarily. All lumps are not cancerous.
Yeah, what Lo_Mcg said. Plus, if there IS any increase in the incidence of breast cancer, aside from what she stated, it could be because more women are waiting longer to have children and not breast feeding when they do have kids. Also, many young females are starting their periods earlier, due to extra body fat. All those situations increase breast cancer risks.
Risk factors By Mayo Clinic staff A risk factor is anything that makes it more likely you'll get a particular disease. But having one or even several risk factors doesn't necessarily mean you'll develop cancer â€” most women with breast cancer have no known risk factors other than simply being women. Things that can increase your risk of breast cancer include: â– Being female. Women are much more likely than men are to develop breast cancer. â– Increasing age. Your risk of breast cancer increases as you age. Women older than 60 have a greater risk than do younger women. â– A personal history of breast cancer. If you've had breast cancer in one breast, you have an increased risk of developing cancer in the other breast. â– A family history of breast cancer. If you have a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer, you have a greater chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Still, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/DS00328/DSECTION=risk-factors
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