Alcohol and weight gain leads to rise in rates of breast cancer

 Alcohol and weight gain leads to rise in rates of breast cancer 
Alcohol and weight gain leads to rise in rates of breast cancer

Breast cancer rates have increased by fifty per cent since the 1980s because of increased alcohol consumption, weight gain, an absence of exercise and other lifestyle factors.
The most shocking part, said Mater breast and melanoma surgeon Dr Heidi Peverill, is that alcohol consumption within the time between the primary period and thus the primary pregnancy has a major impact.
“It could also be a time when a lot of women are at pubs and clubs, and breast cancer prevention would be the last item on their minds,” said Dr Peverill, who features a Masters in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery and specialises in breast cancer prevention.
“We got to start observing behaviours, things in women’s day-to-day lives they are going to change. This could be increasing incidental exercise, watching your weight and selecting non-alcoholic beverages,” Dr Peverill said.
Mater Breast and Endocrine surgeon Dr Chris Pyke said the variability of the foremost powerful risk factors for carcinoma, like family history and genetic mutations, couldn’t be changed. “However, one in four breast cancers are potentially preventable,” he said.
More than seven hundred Queensland women diagnosed with breast cancer are treated at a maternal hospital or facility every year.
Dr Pyke said advances in diagnostic and treatment technologies continued to boost outcomes for patients, but prevention was always better than cure.
Dr Peverill said educating young females on risks and early detection would help reduce the skyrocketing rate of carcinoma in Australia.
“When consuming alcohol, oestrogen does not metabolise well in women and high levels of the hormone circulate their body, contributing to increased cancer risk,” she said.
 “Females need to make the right choice for themselves, but they need to possess all the knowledge to undertake to thereto .”
Brisbane mum Kymme Davey, 36 years old was diagnosed with breast cancer in March, a fortnight before parturition to her son Samuel at thirty-five weeks into her pregnancy.
Davey said as a young adult, carcinoma wasn’t on her radar. “It was not something I actively considered,” she said.
“Partying and drinking could also be a component of being a juvenile individual and enjoying yourself. It is the shortage of awareness of quite anything which must be raised among young women.
“I thought breast cancer mostly affected older women in their fifties and sixties.”
Up to fifty per cent of girls diagnosed find their breast cancers themselves, consistent with Mater Health. This suggests self-examination and becoming aware of your breasts is important for you to recognise any changes it is the key to early detection.
October is breast cancer Awareness Month. This video by Mater explains how you will check your breasts.

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