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  • Breast Cancer Risks

  • We’re here to offer you life-saving knowledge

    What are your risk factors for breast cancer?

    The main risk factors for breast cancer are things you cannot change:

    • Being a woman is the main risk factor for breast cancer. Women are about 100 times more likely to have cancer than men. 
    • Getting older – women age 55 and older – increases your risk of breast cancer.
    • Inherited genes account for about 5 – 10 percent of breast cancer.

    breast cancer risk infographic

    But having a risk factor, or even many, does not mean that you are sure to get the disease.

    What can you do to fight against breast cancer

    Today you can take charge of your breast health by following these strategies for success:

    • Maintain a Healthy Weight: Being overweight or obese after menopause increases breast cancer risk. Excess fat in the waist area may affect risk more than the same amount of fat in the hips and thighs
    • Make Physical Activity Part of Every Day: Evidence is growing that physical activity, in the form of exercise, reduces breast cancer risk. As little as 1¼ to 2½ hours per week of brisk walking reduced a woman’s risk by 18 percent.
    • Limit Alcohol Use: Drinking alcohol is clearly linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and several other cancers. The risk increases with the amount of alcohol consumed. 

    Why is it important to find breast cancer early?

    Early detection of breast cancer – when it’s small and hasn’t spread – makes it easier to treat and results in better outcomes. Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel is an important part of keeping up with your breast health. But, knowing what to look for does not take the place of having regular mammograms and other screening tests.

    What should you be looking for?

    • A new lump, hardness or thickening
    • Change in nipple appearance or direction
    • Skin change such as dimpling or puckering
    • Shape or size change of the breast
    • Nipple discharge
    • Pain in one spot that does not go away


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