Other Unclear Risk Factors of Breast Cancer

Other Unclear Risk Factors of Breast Cancer

Other unclear breast cancer risk factors include electromagnetic field, shift work, oral contraceptive, and stress. Some of these factors can be responsible but there is no clear evidence that suggests that these factors can be responsible for breast cancer. However, combination of these factors can result in the condition.


1.       Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs): Some studies have explored the potential effects of EMFs from sources like power lines and cell phones on breast cancer risk, but findings have been inconclusive and have not established a clear link.

2.       Shift work and light exposure: Research has examined whether long-term night shift work and exposure to artificial light at night might increase breast cancer risk due to disruption of circadian rhythms. While some studies suggest a potential association, the evidence is not yet definitive.

3.       Stress and psychological factors: Chronic stress and certain psychological factors have been investigated for their potential impact on breast cancer risk, but the relationship remains complex and not well-understood.

4.       Oral contraceptives: The use of oral contraceptives (birth control pills) has been studied in relation to breast cancer risk. While some research has suggested a slight increase in risk among current users, the overall risk is considered low, and the effects may vary depending on individual factors.

5.       Breast Implants: Silicone breast implants have been studied for a possible association with an increased risk of a rare type of lymphoma known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). However, the overall risk of breast cancer in women with breast implants is not significantly elevated.


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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: October 10, 2023

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