Alcohol, Obesity risk factors in Having Breast Cancer


By MJ Gonzales│

The thought of Big C is scarier than watching 100 horror movies.  It’s the news you don’t want to hear from your doctor and share on your social media account. The good news is, the threat of cancers like breast cancer are not severe especially if people are well-informed and actualize preventive measure like regular lifestyle check.

Despite of the presence of state-of the-art technologies and well-researched medicines, fighting cancer is still difficult for the patients and people around them.  Breast Cancer is becoming a common disease nowadays, but losing mothers, aunties, daughters and sisters couldn’t and shouldn’t  be an ordinary because of it.

“Yes, I have breast cancer, and I am currently undergoing treatment.  I am continuing to eat right, exercise and stay very positive about my life,” actress-producer Shannen Doherty shared in an interview with People. “I am thankful to my family, friends and doctors for their support and, of course, my fans who have stood by me.”

The actress   Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed fame is not only who comes out recently to admit it, even  award-wining BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire  also shared that she’s diagnosed with breast cancer. These two are just few of celebrities and basically, women who have to undergo intensive medications to kill the bad elements in their body.  Speaking of bad elements also known as cancer cells, what makes them alive in women?

breast cancer common illness in women photo by pixabay

According to, though men can have it too, “simply being a woman” is already a risk for breast cancer. This is because of estrogen and progesterone hormones that are present in females and can boost breast cancer cells.  Apart from these; aging, gene defects (5% to 10%), family history (less than 15 %), race and ethnicity (African-American are more prone to have and die), and more menstrual cycles, are just the many risks factors.

“But risk factors don’t tell us everything. Having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease. Most women who have one or more breast cancer risk factors never develop the disease, while many women with breast cancer have no apparent risk factors (other than being a woman and growing older). Even when a woman with risk factors develops breast cancer, it is hard to know just how much these factors might have contributed,” shared.

The other factors they mentioned have something to personal choices and quality of lifestyle like having children (no child to giving birth after 30 years old), taking birth control, and hormone therapy.  Some recent study also claimed that alcohol drinking, and being overweight or obese can cause breast cancer.  In a report of The Telegraph, drinking an alcohol a day increases breast cancer around 15%.

“Finally, people with a family history of cancer, especially women with a family history of breast cancer, should consider reducing their alcohol intake to below recommended limits, or even abstaining altogether, given the now well established link between moderate drinking and alcohol-related cancers,” Dr. Jurgen Rehm of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada noted in British Medical Journal, where study of Harvard University researchers published.