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Updated visitor policy: For the safety of our patients and staff, effective April 3, 2020, no visitors will be permitted into the clinic. Family members and caretakers may participate in the appointments remotely by phone or video conference if desired.

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Disease and Drug Information

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

According to the National Cancer Institute, U.S. women have a one in eight risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetimes. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely prevent breast cancer, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risks.

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer You Can Control

Some breast cancer risks are lifestyle related. This means they involve personal behaviors and the choices you make. If you're concerned about developing breast cancer, you can make changes to reduce your risk.

3 common lifestyle risk factors – and how you can reduce them.

  1. Drinking Alcohol. The risk of developing breast cancer increases with the amount of alcohol you drunk. To reduce your risk, the American Cancer Society recommends consuming a maximum of one alcoholic beverage per day (For women: 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor).
  2. Being Overweight. Being overweight or obese after menopause increases your breast cancer risks. Excess body fat is associated with increased blood insulin levels and increased estrogen levels in women -- both of which have been associated with breast cancer. If you're overweight, talk to your doctor about what is a good plan for you.
  3. Birth control. Certain forms of birth control (including oral contraceptives) have been linked to a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer. To reduce this risk, talk to your doctor about other forms of non-hormonal contraception (such as IUD or condoms).

Additionally, according to the American Cancer Society, women who have a baby before age 30 and women who have multiple children have a slightly lower risk of breast cancer. If you give birth at any age, breastfeeding your baby for at least a year can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Uncontrollable Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Some breast cancer risk factors are genetic (inherited), meaning you were born with them.

Genetic risk factors for breast cancer include:

  • Gender. Women are 100 times more likely than men to develop breast cancer.
  • Age. Women ages 55 and older have the highest risk of developing invasive breast cancer.
  • Dense breast tissue. This makes it more difficult to detect cancer on a mammogram.
  • A family history of breast cancer or Inherited gene mutations. If any women in your immediate family (grandmother, mother, aunt, sister, daughter, or cousin) have been diagnosed with breast cancer you may consider learning more about genetic testing that can be done to determine if you are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. It’s a good idea to talk to a genetic counselor if you are concerned about inherited cancer genes.
  • Personal history of breast cancer. If you have had breast cancer previously, you're more likely to develop it again.

Even if you possess one or more risk factors for breast cancer, knowing you're at heightened risk is beneficial. You can take charge of your health by making sure to have regular breast cancer screenings. If you do develop the disease, the earlier it's detected, the better the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Detection & Diagnosis

If you feel you may have a greater risk for breast cancer due to lifestyle consider discussing this with your primary doctor about the things you can control. Genetic counseling is available at many of our locations across Arizona.

You can learn more about how breast cancer is found and diagnosed in this section.

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