There are a number of risk factors associated with breast cancer, and many of them have been proven but others have not. A new report, which was funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, highlights the warning signs and possible triggers of the disease that women should be aware of, according to The Associated Press.
Factors that have been proven to increase a person's risk include certain hormone therapy, excess of alcohol consumption and excessive weight gain after menopause. Another probable theory is that smoking increases the risks, according to the news source.
Some speculate that hair dyes and radiation that comes from cell phones, microwaves and electronic gadgets can increase the risk of developing breast cancer, but there is no substantial proof, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breast cancer health news. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.