Breast Cancer Risk Factors
According to the American Cancer Society, some of the major risk factors include:
- A woman is 100 times more likely than a man to contract breast cancer (although the disease affects men as well).
- Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. Nearly 80 percent of women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer are 50 or older.
- An increased risk of breast cancer can be inherited from either parent.
- Having a close blood relative such as a mother or sister who has had ovarian or breast cancer can increase your risk.
- Caucasian women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer, although African-American women have lower survival rates.
- Women who have had breast cancer have a greater chance of developing another breast cancer.
- Being overweight increases your risk of breast cancer.
If you have risk factors for breast cancer, be sure to discuss your concerns with your health care provider.