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Facts and Myths about Breast Cancer
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9/20/20161) Why some people have breast cancer and other types of cancers and others don't? 2) What is the cause of breast cancer and also of other cancers such as colon or thyroid cancers? Is it the way we eat and if we exercise or not a reason to have breast cancer or cancer in general? 3) Not having had children is a risk factor to have breast cancer' 4) and what about having taken the pill for a long time since I was 24 due to PCOSas? I always ask myself what I did wrong to have a bilateral bc diagnosis at the same time at 42. Thank you.
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9/20/2016 we really don't know. there remains unknown causes for cancers in general including breast cancer. diet is believed to be a contributor to breast, and colon cancer. unknown causes for thyroid. there are people who smoke and never get lung cancer and others who never smoked and do get lung cancer. what we do know is that all answers rest within our DNA. not having children is a risk factor for breast cancer. taking the Pill for more than 5 consecutive years is a risk factor. so is taking HRT.

When someone young develops breast cancer in both breasts there is usually something genetically going on-- a gene mutation of some sort.

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