How To Determining Your Breast Cancer Risk?

Older age

Older women (and men) are more likely than younger women to develop breast cancer. In general, a woman’s risk for breast cancer tends to rise more significantly after age 60.

But breast cancer can also develop in women who are much younger. That’s why women are encouraged to practice breast awareness starting at age 25 and undergo annual breast exams at the doctor’s office.

Genetic and family risk factors

Individuals with a family history of breast cancer are more likely to develop the disease themselves. A family history of breast cancer means that you have multiple family members with breast cancer, or relatives who developed breast cancer at age 45 or under. You might also carry an increased risk of breast cancer if you have family members with ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, male breast cancer, or metastatic prostate cancer.

When breast cancer runs in families, it’s often caused by genetic mutations that are handed down from parents to children. If a number of your relatives have breast or other cancers, you should talk to your doctor about your risk and ask whether you should consider genetic testing.

Can my lifestyle affect my risk of breast cancer?

While many of the risk factors for breast cancer lie outside our control, there are some risk factors that we could change or even reverse. These risk factors are typically caused by our lifestyles or by other choices that we make.

To reduce your risk of breast cancer, try to form and maintain healthy habits. Though it’s never too late to start, you’ll benefit more the earlier you begin. Research shows that our youth and young adult years are critical for limiting our risk later in life.

Some common lifestyle risk factors are listed below.

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