Left-handed women face double the risk of developing breast cancer before the menopause compared with right-handed women, according to a new study.
This sounds like a strange coincidence. But researchers who have just completed a study on the odd association say that exposure to hormone-like chemicals in the womb may be to blame for both. Left-handedness in some people, they say, may be an effect of prenatal factors that could also lead to cancer.
Exactly what causes some people to prefer using their left hand remains largely unknown. However, as for your information, here are the facts about left-handed people, as reported by the page Huffingtonpost, Saturday (13/2).
- Genetic factors
- Stress during pregnancy
- Mental health
- Good at sport
- Breast cancer
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- Wear a well-fitted, supportive bra. If your breast cysts are painful, supporting your breasts may help relieve some discomfort.
- Apply a compress. If cysts are painful, either a warm or cool compress can offer relief. Applying an ice pack can also relieve pain.
- Avoid caffeine. Some women find symptom relief after eliminating caffeine from their diets. Consider reducing or eliminating caffeine to see if your symptoms improve.
- Reduce salt in your diet. Some experts suggest that reducing salt in your diet may help. Consuming less sodium reduces the amount of excess fluid retained by your body, which in turn may help relieve symptoms associated with a fluid-filled breast cyst.