OBJECTIVE: To compare the lifestyle related risk factors for
breast cancer such as physical activity, cigarette smoking, the
use of contraceptive pills and increased body weight between
non-familial and familial breast cancer females in Jordan.
METHODS: This study was carried out in the Kingdom of Jordan
during the period 2000 through to 2002. A questionnaire was used
to collect information from 99 females who were histologically
and pathologically diagnosed for breast cancer. Data of the
questionnaire was entered and analyzed using statistical package
for social sciences.
RESULTS: This study showed no significant difference between
familial, non-familial breast cancer females and controls in the
following risk factors: physical activity, contraceptive
methods, and smoking. On the other hand, a statistically
significant difference in weight was found between the familial
breast cancer females, the total breast cancer females and the
controls. In addition, the highest percentage of overweight and
obese was found among postmenopausal breast cancer females.
CONCLUSION: Postmenopausal obesity is a significant risk
factor among Jordanian breast cancer females.