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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What causes breast cancer?

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    Mr Amro Labib

    Breast Surgeon, Endocrine Surgeon, General Surgeon

    As most types of cancer , the actual direct cause of Breast Cancer remains unkown except for a small group of patients where we have found some genes like BRCA 1 and BRCA2 to be the reason for cancer (this group is only about 1% of all cancer cases diagnosed every year) Most cases are called "Sporadic" which means they have no familial tendency.

    Having said that there are a group of "risk factors" that we think could play a rule developing cancer such as : 

    Contraceptive pill use for a long time

    Early menarche 

    Late menopause

    Age 

    Dense Breast Tissue 

    Certain breast conditions like papillomas and phylloidae tumours 

    Lack of excercise and obesity 

     

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