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Know Your Risk

Breast Health

Know Your Risk

About 5 to 10 percent of cancers are considered to be hereditary and can be passed from parent to child, whether they are male or female. Hereditary breast cancer is most commonly associated with mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2, which not only causes an increased risk for breast cancer but other cancers as well, such as ovarian, fallopian tube, and peritoneal, and smaller risks of prostate and pancreatic cancer. 

There are many factors that can affect a woman’s risk of breast cancer and/or other cancers. Understanding which factors affect your risk can help you develop a breast cancer screening plan. Here are some hereditary and environmental risk factors:
  • Blood relatives (maternal and/or paternal) with a breast cancer diagnosis before age 50
  • A blood relative with ovarian or pancreatic cancer
  • Blood relative(s) with triple-negative breast cancer
  • Multiple relatives with other various forms of cancer, especially occurring at younger ages (<50 years old) such as  prostate, breast, stomach, uterine, and colon cancers
  • Female relatives with cancer in both breasts
  • Being of Ashkenazi Jewish (Eastern European) heritage
  • Extensive history of benign breast conditions
  • Breast cancer diagnosis at age 45 or younger
  • Male blood relative with breast cancer
  • A known breast cancer gene mutation (such as BRCA1/BRCA2) in your family
  • Age at first period: women who began their periods before age 12 can have up to a 20-percent higher breast cancer risk
  • Age of menopause: women who go through menopause after age 55 have about a 30 percent higher risk of breast cancer than women who do so before age 45
  • Radiation exposure in youth
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