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A Quick Look at Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Nadia Cavner

Nadia Cavner is an experienced financial professional and philanthropist. In the latter role, Nadia Cavner has worked extensively with and, in some cases, led organizations, such as the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks and The Kitchen.

Breast cancer impacts more than 190,000 new individuals every year. Early intervention is key to a successful medical response to the disease. One of the best ways to prepare for a potential breast cancer diagnosis is to learn about the various risk factors that can influence a person’s odds of developing the disease.
Age is one of the most straightforward influencing factors when it comes to breast cancer. Women over the age of 60 are at particular risk, while 85 to 95 percent of cases occur in women over the age of 45. Gender is another significant risk factor, with women being 100 times more susceptible to the disease compared to men. With that said, about 2,000 males develop the disease every year.
Genetics can play a role in an individual’s risk factor for breast cancer. Any woman who has had a mother, sister, or daughter with breast cancer is potentially twice as likely to develop the disease themselves. Furthermore, certain genetic mutations linked to breast cancer can be passed on from parent to child, such as mutations observed in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
There are also a number of physical factors that can elevate a person’s risk for breast cancer. A few of these factors include obesity, not having children or having children later in life, and having breasts with less fatty tissue and more glandular or fibrous tissue.

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