There are several different risk factors for breast cancer, although having a risk factor does not guarantee that cancer will occur. Some people may have several risk factors yet not develop cancer, and vice versa. Some risk factors cannot be changed, such as age or having a family history of breast cancer. Others, such as lifestyle changes, may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Include:
Taking steps to reduce potential risks may reduce the chance of developing breast cancer. Exercise, eating a balanced diet, and limiting your exposure to carcinogens can all contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle.
All women have some chance of developing breast cancer. The term ‘Average Risk’ includes all women. However, certain women are at higher risk. Women at higher risk may have one or several factors that further increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
Some women do not have any risk factors yet still develop breast cancer, and vice versa.
Some common risk factors for breast cancer include:
In addition, some women may have certain factors that further increases the risk of developing breast cancer. These higher risk factors include:
This chart from the CDC features a comprehensive screening guide that includes recommendations from several different organizations. Speak with your doctor about any questions or concerns that you may have.