3 Top Cancers Affecting Women

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A cancer diagnosis is often linked to family medical history, lifestyle choices, or something in the environment.

And while you can’t control your family history or your whole environment, healthy lifestyle habits such as a good diet, regular physical activity, weight control, and quitting smoking if you’re prone to lighting up are all within your control.

The Cancers Affecting Women Are: 

1. Breast cancer: Breast cancer is expected to account for 30% of female cancer cases. A woman’s odds of getting breast cancer are 1 in 8.

While there’s no one definitive way to prevent breast cancer and many risk factors are beyond your control being aware of the following most common risk factors can help you deal with those that are in your control. 

They are: 

a. Age: Two out of three women with invasive breast cancer are 55 or older.

b. Family history: Your risk is doubled if your mother, sister, or daughter has had breast cancer. Your risk is tripled if two immediate relatives have had it. 

Screening guidelines vary a little based on family history, so talk to your doctor about what’s best for you.

c. Genes:  Between 5 -10% of breast cancers are thought to be caused by specific gene mutations that are hereditary.

d. Race: Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than any other race because their tumors may grow faster and appear at a more advanced stage.

e. Alcohol drinking: Compared with nondrinkers, women who have one drink per day are at a small increased risk of breast cancer, while women who have two to three drinks per day have a 20% higher risk of developing the disease.

f. Red meat consumption: It has also been tied to breast cancer, though researchers aren’t sure if it can actually cause the disease. Consider eating more white meat and seafoods if you’re at risk.

g. Overweight: Being overweight particularly after menopause increases risk. You need to see a dietician on how you can modify your diet to help you lose weight and reduce that risk. 

In addition, shedding some pounds can reduce the amount of estrogen; breast cancer feeds on estrogen, and this hormone is more plentiful in people who are obese.

2. Uterine cancer: Uterine cancer (also known as endometrial cancer) is cancer in the lining of the uterus ( the endometrium )and it’s the most common type of cancer that affects the female reproductive organs, making it more common than cervical cancer or ovarian cancer. 

Unlike cervical cancer, it’s not one of the gynecological cancers caused by HPV. 

Hormonal changes, particularly related to estrogen, play a significant role in your risk for uterine cancer; as with breast cancer, uterine cancer can feed on estrogen. 

Some things that can affect hormone levels and increase uterine cancer risk include: taking estrogen after menopause, birth control pills, a higher number of menstrual cycles (over a lifetime), never pregnant, being obese, and having certain ovarian tumors or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). 

Factors that can increase a woman’s risk of developing uterine cancer includes:

a. A high-fat or high-calorie diet.

b. Age.

c. Diabetes.

d. A family history of uterine cancer.

e. A personal history of breast or ovarian cancer. 

Use of a nonhormonal intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control has been linked to a lower risk of uterine cancer. 

3. Thyroid cancer: Several of the risk factors for thyroid cancer are beyond control, it may not be possible to prevent this disease, But it’s still important to know what these risk factors are, so that if you’re at increased risk of the disease, you can get the tests you need to diagnose and treat potential tumors early.

Factors that can increase thyroid cancer risk include:

a. Being female.

b. Age (women are most often diagnosed in their 40s or 50s).

c. Some genetic mutations.

d. Family history of medullary thyroid cancer and other thyroid cancers. 

e. A diet low in iodine.

f. Exposure to radiation

Make all the lifestyle improvements you can, most of which involve simple changes to your diet and exercise habits and you'll increase your health and reduce your risk of cancers common to women.

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