October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year we have a lot to celebrate. That’s because there have been a number of important scientific breakthroughs in the past little while, which, together, could have a significant impact on the ongoing battle against this terrible disease.
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These advancements range in nature and effect, but all are the result of fundraising, awareness, and the hard work of medical researchers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. Let’s look at nine important scientific breakthroughs for breast cancer patients…
1. Discoveries of Environmental Risks
Several new studies have examined the impact that environmental factors has on the emergence and development of breast cancer. Some of these studies from 2016 examine how lifestyle factors and habits—including exercise, weight gain and loss, and diet—influence one’s risk of developing breast cancer.
Beyond that, several other studies are examining how one’s environment—including their home and workplace environments—affect risk for breast cancer. Although progress is somewhat slow, many of these studies are building a knowledge foundation for future research projects.