The age group most at risk

Woman's Own - - HEALTH LIVE WELL -

Age also plays an im­por­tant role in breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis, as eight in 10 cases are in women over 50. A link be­tween the fe­male hor­mone oe­stro­gen and our modern life­styles is also key. ‘If a woman is exposed to oe­stro­gen for a longer du­ra­tion in her life­time, then she’s at a higher risk,’ warns Prof Carmichael, who says that’s the case now we start the menopause later. ‘We also know that al­co­hol in­creases the risk, as does obe­sity.’ And with the high­est con­sump­tion of it in the UK among those aged 45 to 64 years, there’s even more of a good rea­son to cut down.

in 8 About 1 in the UK women di­ag­nosed are can­cer with breast dur­ing their life­time.

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