Published May 18, 2018
We often hear that the lifetime risk for breast cancer in any woman is about one in eight, but that statistic doesn’t tell the whole story. The risk varies in every age group and breast cancer becomes increasingly more common as women age. At age 30, for instance, the risk is one in 227, according to the National Cancer Institute. By age 70, the risk is one in 26.
While the key risk indicators are age and family history, there are a whole host of risk factors, many of which our medical advisor Dr. Elizabeth Comen covers in this video. The American Cancer Society breaks them down into lifestyle factors – like being overweight and not having children – and factors you can’t control, like inherited genes and race. Understanding your breast cancer risk factors is obviously very important.
Almost every day there is conflicting information about what causes breast cancer, or what might lower your risk. In this series, some of the country’s leading researchers separate what we know about cancer risk from what we don’t.
Breast Cancer: Introduction to Prevention & Screening
Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
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Access to Good Information is Crucial After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
What Are the Options if You Have a High Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?
Genetic testing can be used to determine if there was a hereditary cause of your cancer. The need for genetic testing depends on your unique situation.
Genetic Testing For Breast Cancer
Where Can I Get Genetic Testing?
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Should I Get Genetic Testing to Assess My Risk for Cancer?
Genetic Testing 101: Should You Try Direct-to-Consumer Brands?