WHO Encourages Women To Follow These 6 Tips To Reduce Risk Of Breast Cancer

 WHO Encourages Women To Follow These 6 Tips To Reduce Risk Of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the world's most prevalent cancer, according to the world Health Organisation (WHO). As recorded by the UN health agency, 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, and the cancer led to 685 000 deaths globally the same year. Sadly, about half of women who developed breast cancers have no identifiable risk factor, other than being female. According to WHO, there are certain factors that may increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer such as increasing age, obesity, tobacco use, alcohol use, family history, radiation exposure, reproductive history, and postmenopausal hormone therapy. Remember, treatment of Breast cancer is highly effective, when the disease is identified early. So, watch out for symptoms of breast cancer such as a lump or thickening in the breast, change in nipple appearance, change in breast size, shape or appearance, abnormal nipple discharge, etc. WHO also wants women to strictly follow the below 6 tips to reduce risk of breast cancer:

Do Not Smoke

Cigarette smoke contains carcinogens or cancer-causing chemicals. Hence, women who smoke are known to be at higher risk of getting breast cancer than those who don't

Control Your Weight

Excess fat tissue may raise your risk of getting breast cancer by increasing estrogen levels in the body. Overweight women are also likely to have higher insulin levels, which have been associated with increased risk of breast cancer.

Limit Or Avoid Alcohol

Breast cancer in women is also linked to regular alcohol consumption, even in small amounts. Studies have suggested that alcohol can increase levels of hormones, including estrogen, associated with breast cancer.

Breastfeed Your Child

Breastfeeding is beneficial for both the mother and the baby. Research has shown that mothers who breastfeed have lower chances of developing breast cancer.

Stay Physically Active

Being physically active can help you maintain a healthy weight, which in turn helps reduce the risk of breast cancer. Also, physical activity is associated with reduced recurrence risk among breast cancer survivors


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