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
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
Minimal physical activity
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