Besides some types of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for women. Breast Cancer is the abnormal growth of breast cells. All women are at risk for breast cancer. As you age, your risk increases. According to the CDC, there are several risk factors that may increase your chances of breast cancer that may include:
- Getting older.
- Being younger when you first had your menstrual period.
- Starting menopause at a later age.
- Being older at the birth of your first child.
- Never giving birth.
- Not breastfeeding.
- Personal history of breast cancer or some non-cancerous breast diseases.
- Family history of breast cancer (mother, sister, daughter).
- Treatment with radiation therapy to the breast/chest.
- Being overweight (increases risk for breast cancer after menopause).
- Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (estrogen and progesterone combined).
- Having changes in the breast cancer-related genes BRCA1 or BRCA2.
- Drinking alcohol (more than one drink a day).
- Not getting regular exercise.
If you have breast cancer risk factors, contact your doctor or healthcare provider to discuss ways to lower your risk and about breast cancer screening.