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What Are the Risk Factors For Breast Cancer?
Posted in Breast Cancer by Doctor Oz on Jun 20, 2014
Here are some factors that increase breast cancer risk:

• Having a family history of breast cancer
• Being taller than 5 feet 7 inches
• Getting your first period younger than 11 or older than 15
• Having a first child when older than 35 or younger than 20
• Currently using birth control pills
• Using hormone replacement therapy for more than five years
• Of Jewish ancestry
• Drinking more than one alcoholic drink a day
• Having a BMI greater than 27
• Testing positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
• Having a history of atypical hyperplasia, a type of benign breast disease

Here are some factors that decrease breast cancer risk:

• Breastfeeding for one year or more
• Eating a diet that includes monounsaturated fats instead of saturated fats
• Performing more than three hours of physical activity a week
• Birthing more than two children
• Taking drugs that block estrogen (tamoxifen and raloxifene)
• Taking the vitamin folate if you are a moderate alcohol drinker

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Thanks for this very useful information about breast cancer.
By abigailpollakflorida  Jun 26, 2014
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Dr Oz like many that makes an effort to be in the news as often as possible seems he did not research that 80% of breast cancer are on women that are not at risk at all, only 20% have a gene,familial history of breast cancer.
Breast cancer can happen to anybody regarless of style of living,race, weight,size, age or what ever is the "new" high risk theories that are not fact.
By deraming  Jun 21, 2014
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