The breast cancer, you know, is the most common form of cancer among women worldwide. The most at risk ? The white women and Westerners. The factors and lifestyle habits that increase the risk of occurrence of this terrible event are as well known, although they are still too many women who pretend not to know. But the upgrade of a major study, the Million Women Study UK, sheds new light and some shadow on the subject. Here are the data and the most interesting news.

The study

The Million Women Study is a study focused on the British National Women’s Health, which aims to investigate how different factors, daily habits, reproductive and social lifestyles affect the risk of being victims of some diseases, such as breast cancer. Coordinated by a team of experts of the University of Oxford, the research involved a large number of women: a million white women Western, about six thousand Asian women, about five thousand women of color.


The risk factors

According to the findings in the last report of the study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, it would be interesting news about the risk factors that increase the chances of developing breast cancer, and differentiation on the basis of the same ethnic groups of membership.

Being a mother of several children and breastfeed for a long period of time could represent two positive choices, two factors precious protective against breast cancer. factor protection of motherhood and breastfeeding is valid for all, but white women western accomplice more hectic lifestyle, are likely to “take advantage” of not. In fact, white women have on average 2.1 children, with the percentage of breast-feeding in the long term by 69%, compared with 2.7 and 2.9 of Asian children and those of color, which on average breastfeeding 80 % of cases. Among the risk factors should not be underestimated, there are the consumption of alcohol, which according to the averages seen (unfortunately) in the western head white women, the overweight, the obesity, ‘s power, the hormone replacement therapy in menopause and genetics.

The use of hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of cancer in the breast; increase especially true, even in this case, to western white women who use it in 35% of cases, compared with 22% and 29% of Asian and women of color. Even in terms of genetics, women in the first group have the worst, with a 10% more chance to get familiar with the tumor, compared to 7% and 5% of Asian women and those of color.