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Risk Factors of Breast cancer

  • Gender: Breast cancer is 100 times more common among women than men. This is because women possess more of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which is linked to the development of cancer cells
  • Genetic inheritance: An estimated 5-10% of breast cancer cases are considered hereditary or mutations that have been passed on from parent to child.
  • Defects in BRC1 and BRC2 genes are the most common cause for hereditary breast cancer. These particular genes help prevent cells from mutating or growing abnormally
  • Increased number of menstrual cycles: Women who have had more menstrual cycles due to starting at an early age (before age 12) or go through menopause at a later age (over age 55) are at an increased risk
  • Aging
  • Family history
  • Personal history with breast cancer
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Previous chest radiation exposure
  • Benign breast conditions
  • Women having no children or having their first child after the age of 30
  • Oral contraceptive use
  • Increased alcohol consumption
  • Being overweight
  • Minimal physical activity