Are You At Risk For Breast Cancer?

 

According to Susan G. Komen, Facts for Life, Breast Cancer Risk Factors…age is a major factor in getting breast cancer. It increases with age.

Age 20- 1 in 1,681 chance

Age 30-1 in 232 chance

Age 40-1 in 69 chance

Age 50-1 in 42 chance

Age 60-1 in 29 chance

Age 70-1 in 27 chance

You have a life time risk of 1 in 8.

What are factors that increase your risk for breast cancer?

-being a woman

-getting older

-BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, genetic

-having a personal history of breast or ovarian cancer

-having a family history of breast cancer

-having high breast density on a mammogram

-having a previous biopsy showing hyperplasia

-having a history of lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)

-being exposed to large amounts of radiation at a young age

-never having children

-having your first child after age 35

-having high levels of blood androgrens or estrogens

-using current or recently using menopusal hormones

-being overweight after menopause or gaining weight as an adult

-having high bone density

-having more than one drink of alcohol per day

-starting menopause after age 55

-being younger than 12 at the time of your first period

-taking (current or recent use) birth control pills

For more information call the Susan G. Komen breast health line at 1.877.465.6636 between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. or go to the website at: www.komen.org