Risk Behaviours for Developing Breast Cancer: A Multi-disciplinary Approach

  • Rosalba León-Díaz
  • Yamilet Ehrenzweig
  • Tania Romo-González
  • Carlos Larralde
Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 23)


Breast cancer (BRCA) is the most common neoplasia among women around the world. The Official Mexican Standard states that health services must provide opportune information for the prevention of BRCA. However, this information focuses on the reduction of biological, iatrogenic or environmental risk factors and those related to reproductive history, neglecting those risk factors relating to lifestyle and other psychosocial risk factors (e.g. personality type, stress management). In this chapter we point out some recent findings that link not only obesity but also dietary habits, glycaemic index, alcohol intake and sedentary lifestyle as risk factors for developing BRCA. We also highlight the importance of addressing the psychological and social aspects, such as taboos of patients, to provide a multidisciplinary approach that allows an accurate prevention and treatment of this disease.


Breast cancer Psychosocial risk factors Personality type Stress management Obesity Eating habits 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosalba León-Díaz
    • 1
  • Yamilet Ehrenzweig
    • 2
  • Tania Romo-González
    • 1
  • Carlos Larralde
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Integrated Health and BiologyInstitute of Biological Research, Universidad VeracruzanaXalapaMexico
  2. 2.Institute of Psychological Research, Universidad VeracruzanaXalapaMexico
  3. 3.Department of ImmunologyInstitute of Biomedical Research, National Autonomous University of MexicoMexico CityMexico

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