Asked by: Bixente Grimeis
asked in category: General Last Updated: 23rd April, 2020

What do obesity and alcohol use have in common that increases breast cancer risk?

Both obesity and alcohol use are associated with increased levels of circulating estrogen, and this is thought to be the primary means through which they confer an increased risk of breast cancer, since estrogen can fuel breast cancer growth.

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In this manner, how does obesity increase risk of breast cancer?

Being overweight also can increase the risk of the breast cancer coming back (recurrence) in women who have had the disease. This higher risk is because fat cells make estrogen; extra fat cells mean more estrogen in the body, and estrogen can make hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers develop and grow.

Furthermore, what is a common test useful in early detection of colon cancers? High-sensitivity fecal occult blood tests (FOBT). Both polyps and colorectal cancers can bleed, and FOBT checks for tiny amounts of blood in feces (stool) that cannot be seen visually. (Blood in stool may also indicate the presence of conditions that are not cancer, such as hemorrhoids.)

Similarly, what are the lifestyle factors contributing to breast cancer?

  • Drinking alcohol. Drinking alcohol is clearly linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
  • Being overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese after menopause increases breast cancer risk.
  • Not being physically active.
  • Not having children.
  • Not breastfeeding.
  • Birth control.
  • Hormone therapy after menopause.
  • Breast implants.

Which is the best description of cancer?

Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, in some cases, to metastasize (spread). Cancer is not one disease. It is a group of more than 100 different and distinctive diseases. Cancer can involve any tissue of the body and have many different forms in each body area.

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