If you are at risk for breast cancer, it does not necessarily mean you will develop the disease. However, many women are concerned and want to understand the risk factors and symptoms associated with breast cancer.
Breast cancer research suggests there are several types of risk factors for developing breast cancer. These risk factors are divided into two main categories: risk factors you cannot change, and risk factors that are lifestyle-related.
Risk factors you cannot change
If you are concerned that you are at risk for developing breast cancer, it is best to talk to your physician about your family history and other risk factors for breast cancer. The following are factors you are born with or cannot change.
—Age: As you age, your risk of breast cancer increases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk for breast cancer increases with age. Most breast cancers are diagnosed after age 50;
—Family history of breast cancer: You have an incre...
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