What is the main risk factor for breast cancer? The main factors that influence your risk include being a woman and getting older. Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older. Some women will get breast cancer even without any other risk factors that they know of.
What is my lifetime risk of breast cancer? Women in the U.S. have a 1 in 8 (or about 13 percent) lifetime risk of getting breast cancer . This means for every 8 women in the U.S., 1 will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.
What are two risk factors for breast cancer?
- Being female.
- Increasing age.
- A personal history of breast conditions.
- A personal history of breast cancer.
- A family history of breast cancer.
- Inherited genes that increase cancer risk.
- Radiation exposure.
How can I avoid breast cancer?
- Limit alcohol. The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer.
- Maintain a healthy weight. If your weight is healthy, work to maintain that weight.
- Be physically active.
- Limit postmenopausal hormone therapy.