Can Diet and Genetics Affect Cancer?

Can Diet and Genetics Affect Cancer?
Published on, 07 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Marcos L. Drlje and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
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Is it possible to lower the risk of breast cancer through lifestyle and dietary decisions?



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Hormone-related Risk Factors:  Diet affects hormones, but breast cancer risk is primarily tied to factors like early menstruation, late menopause, HRT, or specific contraceptives.

Family History: Family history is a key risk factor. If close relatives, like your mother or sister, had breast cancer, your risk is higher.

Genetic Factors: Certain genetic mutations like BRCA1 and BRCA2 can markedly increase breast cancer risk. Genetic testing and counseling aid in identifying these factors.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices: While diet isn't the primary breast cancer risk factor, a healthy lifestyle can reduce overall cancer risk. This involves regular exercise, a healthy weight, and limited alcohol.

Screening and Early Detection: Regular breast screening is crucial for early detection, improving treatment success.




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