Q. I have a long family history of Breast Cancer. What other risks for Breast Cancer should I be concerned about?
A. Because Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States with exception to skin cancer, knowing your risks gives you the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk of a Breast Cancer diagnosis.
Risk factors include:
• Age: half of all women diagnosed are over age 65
• Weight: being obese or overweight
• Diet & Lifestyle: Lack of physical activity, a diet high in saturated fat, drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day
In the United States, overweight and obesity among all groups—particularly children and adolescents—have greatly increased over the past quarter century. Excess weight has become an epidemic, causing serious health problems for millions of people.
Obesity is the accumulation of excessive body fat. It is defined by a measure called “body mass index” or BMI. BMI is calculated using this equation: BMI = your weight in pounds divided by your height in inches squared, multiplied by 703.