Monitoring modifiable risk factors for breast cancer: An obligation for health professionals

Abstract

SYNOPSIS: Worldwide, breast cancer is the most common disease in women and constitutes the second leading cause of cancer death in this population. The factors that contribute to the risk of occurrence are divided into nonmodifiable and modifiable factors. Although there are interventions in primary care to prevent the disease, these measures have not produced the desired changes in women's health. This article reviews the major modifiable risk factors for breast cancer and describes how these factors can affect the incidence of cancer in women. This information shows that modifiable risk factors (such as physical activity, diet, obesity, and use of alcohol and tobacco) can influence the occurrence of breast cancer, in part depending on the life stage of a woman, including menopausal status. Timely prevention at the primary care level is one of the most important areas on which health professionals need to focus in order to help reduce the incidence of breast cancer.

Guerra Guerrero, V., Fazzi Baez, A., Cofré González, C. G., & Miño González, C. G. (2017). Monitoring modifiable risk factors for breast cancer: An obligation for health professionals. Revista panamericana de salud pública,41, e80.

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