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What Are The Major Cancers That Occur In Women?   


jauhar khan 
@jauhar123 | Posted 31 May. 2019


A cancer diagnosis is associated with family medical history, lifestyle choices, or something in the environment. Controlling the family history or the environment is not possible, but one can or maintain a healthy lifestyle habits such as a good diet, weight control, regular physical activity, and quitting smoking if you’re prone to lighting up. There are various types of cancer that occur in women among which some are major, and the chances are more. Below is the list one can even access in the Cancer Science Journal.


***** Cancer

A woman’s chances of getting ***** cancer are 1 in 8. There is no sure way to prevent ***** cancer from occurring and also, various risk factors are beyond control. Being aware of the common risk factors can help you deal with the ones that are in your control. The risk factors are as follows.


  • Being a woman

  • Age

  • Family history

  • Genes

  • Race

  • Dense ***** tissue

  • History of radiation treatment to the chest

  • More than the average number of menstrual cycles

  • No pregnancy or late first pregnancy

  • Birth control pills

  • History of treatment with diethylstilbestrol (DES)

  • Post-menopausal hormone therapy

  • Not breastfeeding

  • Being overweight

  • Lack of exercise

  • Heavy drinking

  • Red meat consumption



Lung And Bronchus Cancer

A woman’s chances of getting lung cancer are 1 in 17. Lung cancer is known to be the deadliest cancer that can occur in women as well as in men. The primary reason for this is smoking. Even being exposed to smoke can be a cause of lung cancer.


You can read more about in the Women’s Health Journal While family history has a role in the occurrence of this cancer, the other factors include:

  • Secondhand smoke

  • Asbestos

  • Radon gas

  • Diesel exhaust

  • Arsenic (either inhaled or in drinking water)

  • Air pollution

Following a healthy diet plan and controlling the alcohol intake may help its risk.


Colon and ***** Cancer

A woman’s chances of getting colon or ***** cancer are 1 in 24. These cancers can occur in teenagers and young adults. But, the majority of cases diagnosed are in adults aged 50 and over. The following are some of the risk factors that can be controlled:

  • A personal or family history of polyps or colorectal cancer.

  • Having an inflammatory ***** disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.

  • Smoking

  • Inactivity

  • Being overweight or obese

  • Heavy drinking

  • A rich diet in red or processed meat or low in fruits and vegetables

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Being African-American or an Ashkenazi Jew (a Jew of Eastern European descent).

Limiting red and processed meats and increasing fiber intake can reduce risk.


Uterine Cancer

A woman’s odds of getting uterine cancer are 1 in 36. Uterine cancer, also commonly known as endometrial cancer is cancer in the lining of the *****, endometrium, and it is the most common type of cancer that affects the female reproductive organs.


It is more common than ovarian cancers or cervical cancer. The factors that lead up to this cancer include:

  • A high-***** or high-calorie diet

  • Diabetes

  • Age

  • Personal history of ***** or ovarian cancer

  • Family history of uterine cancer or colon cancer

  • Endometrial hyperplasia, thickening of the uterine lining

Using a non hormonal IUD (intrauterine device) for birth control has shown to reduce the risk of this cancer.



Thyroid Cancer

A woman’s odds of getting thyroid cancer are 1 in 57. Most of the factors of thyroid cancer cannot be controlled. However, the factors need to be known.

  • Being female.

  • Age -women are most often diagnosed in their 40s or 50s.

  • Genetic mutations, like the RET gene.

  • A diet low in iodine.

  • Exposure to radiation.

  • Family history of medullary thyroid cancer, other types of thyroid cancers, Cowden disease, familial adenomatous polyposis, or Carney complex type I