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Topmost Cancers That Affect Women

Introduction of Topmost Cancers That Affect Women

Cancer- the name in itself can be demoralizing for you and your loved ones. However,
understanding the risks associated with multiple types of cancer is the first step in
reducing your personal risk.
More often than not, acancer diagnosisis connected with an individuals family
medical history, living surroundings and lifestyle choices. Though, you cannot
change your familys medical history or environment. But certain aspects like
lifestyle choices, eating habits, diet, weight, smoking, physical activity levels can
easily be managed by you.
The odds are, that two out of three women will never get cancer but according to
the latest CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports, close to 1
million women were diagnosed with one of the followingtypes of cancer:
Breast cancer accounted for 26% of female cancer cases and 15% of cancer deaths
among women. 1 in 8 women is at risk of developingbreast cancer.
Lung and bronchus cancers accounted for 14% of cancer cases and 26% of all deaths.
1 in 16 women is at risk of developinglung and bronchus cancer.
Colon and rectal cancers accounted for 10 percent of cancer cases and 9 percent of
all deaths. 1 in 19 women are at risk of developingcolon and rectal cancer.
Uterine cancer was responsible for 6 percent of cases and 3 percent of cancer deaths.
1 in 41 women are at risk of developinguterine cancer.
Non-Hodgkin lymphomacancer was responsible for 4% of cancer cases and 3% of
deaths. 1 in 53 women are at risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer.

Risk factors associated with breast cancer include:

Most womendiagnosed with breast cancerare 55 years or older.


You are at greater risk if cancer runs in the family.
Dense breast tissue
Exposure to radiation treatment.
Unusual number of menstrual periodsi.e. commencing before age 12 and
stopping after 55 years.
Having first child after the age of 30.
Previous encounter with the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES), commonly used to
prevent miscarriages.
Saying no to breastfeeding.
Being obese, having a fatty diet and lack of exercise.
Indulging heavily in alcohol.

Lung and Bronchus Cancer Risks


An astonishing 80% of all lung cancer in women (90% in men) can be avoided if
they simply say no to smoking.Smokersare 20% more susceptible to lung cancer
than non-smokers. Family history also has a role to play here. Other risks include:
Secondhand smoke
Radon gas
Arsenic, Tar and Soot
Besides, you can limit the amount of alcohol to keep lung cancer at bay.

Colon and Rectum Cancer Risks


More than 90% of colon cancers happen in women over 50 years. Risk factors include:

Family history of polyps,inflammatory bowel diseaseor colorectal cancer.


Heavy smokingand drinking.
Lack of exercise leading to physical inactivity.
High-fatdiet choicethat does not include fruits or vegetables.
Uterine Cancer Risks
Also known asendometrial cancer, uterine cancer is linked with hormonal changes,
especially estrogen. Risk factors include:

More than usual number of monthly periods.


Failing to get pregnant.
Being obese and high-fat diet.
Use of tamoxifen for breast cancer (past or present).
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
Diabetes.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Risks


This type of cancer attacks your immune system, weakening a number of internal
body parts including lymph nodes,thymus gland, bone marrow, spleen, tonsils
andlymphatic system. Risk factors include:
A depleted immune system.
This cancer occurs in women of 60 years or more.
Exposure to insecticides and herbicides and other chemicals.
Autoimmune diseases.
Altering the way you live, which mostly involvesdiet and exercise habitscan go
a long way in improving your health and minimizing the symptoms of cancer.
Additionally, supervision of an experiencedoncologistis essential.