BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer for women, with one in eight women being diagnosed in their lifetime.
Dr. Shayesteh said genetics do play a role in a woman’s risk, but lifestyle factors also contribute. He said the number one lifestyle factor is being overweight, specifically having a large amount of abdominal fat.
He said studies have shown that excessive abdominal fat leads to increased estrogen production, especially for women in menopause. Increased estrogen is the number one risk factor for developing breast cancer.
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