Breast Cancer: Knowledge is Your Power
March 23, 2013
When it comes to the subject of breast cancer, the more you know about it the better able you are to deal with it if if happens and the better able you are to avoid it altogether. In this post to HealthConnection, one of UT Health’s cancer experts, Dr. Ed Sauter, answers questions on things you should know about breast cancer.
- Do we know what actually causes breast cancer?
- What are the risk factors that may increase the likelihood that a woman could develop breast cancer?
- As compared to other risk factors, how much do genetic factors influence a woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer?
- What is the link between hormones and breast cancer?
- Are there exposures in our environment that may increase the risk for breast cancer?
- What choices can a woman make to reduce her risk for developing breast cancer?
- Why is alcohol consumption a risk factor for breast cancer?
- Beyond a healthy diet, what about eating specific foods, such as soy, nuts, tea, berries, grains and foods that contain high amounts of antioxidant phytochemicals as a means to reduce breast cancer risk?
- Bottom line — what is the best overall strategy for reducing breast cancer risk?