Monday April 22, 2019

Maintaining A Healthy Weight And Avoiding Alcohol Can Eliminate Thousands Of Breast Cancer Cases

Together, these modifiable risk factors -- regular alcohol consumption and excessive weight gain -- will be responsible for nearly 30,000 cases of breast cancer by next decade, noted the study published in the International Journal of Cancer.

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Together, these modifiable risk factors -- regular alcohol consumption and excessive weight gain -- will be responsible for nearly 30,000 cases of breast cancer by next decade, noted the study published in the International Journal of Cancer. Pixabay

Drinking one alcoholic drink daily as well as being overweight can increase the risk of developing breast cancer, warns a study of over two lakh women.

“That means that consequently, even relatively small preventable proportions translate into large numbers of preventable breast cancers,” said Maarit Laaksonen, from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Over the next decade, drinking alcohol will lead to 13 per cent increase of breast cancer cases in pre-menopausal women and six per cent in post-menopausal breast cancers. Being overweight or obese will contribute to 13 per cent cases.

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Further, the use of menopausal hormone therapy was found to account for seven per cent of post-menopausal breast cancers, with over 90 per cent of this burden caused by a long-term use. Pixabay

Together, these modifiable risk factors — regular alcohol consumption and excessive weight gain — will be responsible for nearly 30,000 cases of breast cancer by next decade, noted the study published in the International Journal of Cancer.

Further, the use of menopausal hormone therapy was found to account for seven per cent of post-menopausal breast cancers, with over 90 per cent of this burden caused by a long-term use.

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Over the next decade, drinking alcohol will lead to 13 per cent increase of breast cancer cases in pre-menopausal women and six per cent in post-menopausal breast cancers. Being overweight or obese will contribute to 13 per cent cases. Pixabay

Similarly, long-term use of oral contraceptives accounted for seven per cent of pre-menopausal breast cancers.

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However, it is not recommended that women restrict their use of oral contraceptives as they are actually cancer-protective and provide long-term protection against endometrial and ovarian cancers, suggesting that the potential benefits, including reproductive benefits, outweigh the harms, Laaksonen said, adding that further studies are needed to confirm the results.

Maintaining a healthy weight and not consuming alcohol regularly could help prevent thousands of breast cancer cases, he suggested. (IANS)

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Violent Relationship ups Mental Disorder Risk in Women, Says New Study

However, a certain amount of unpredictability was actually healthier for women, noted researchers

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For the study, the researchers included 120 women participants, who were assessed concerning the abusive behaviour they faced and the violent environment around them. Pixabay

Women, please take note. If you are in a violent relationship you may be at an increased risk of suffering from mental disorders, suggests a new study.

The study, published in Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders journal, indicates that the unpredictable violence not only causes physical injuries to women but also leaves the victims at a higher risk of suffering from mental disorders.

“We expect severity and frequency to be the major driver to patient outcomes, but in some cases it isn’t,” said David Katerndahl, Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, US.

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“The nonlinearity, or unpredictability, of the violence is much more of a driver,” he added.

However, a certain amount of unpredictability was actually healthier for women, noted researchers.

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“Women who have what we call ‘optimal nonlinearity’, which means they have some nonlinearity but it’s not extreme, actually did better in the study in general,” said Katerndahl.

For the study, the researchers included 120 women participants, who were assessed concerning the abusive behaviour they faced and the violent environment around them. (IANS)