Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention


Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of getting a disease, such as cancer. But having a risk factor, or even many, does not mean that you are sure to get the disease. While you can’t change some breast cancer risk factors—family history and aging, for example—there are some risk factors that you can control.

Lifestyle-related Breast Cancer Risk Factors:

Drinking alcohol

Being overweight or obese

Not being physically active

Not having children

Not breastfeeding

Birth control

Hormone therapy after menopause

Breast implants

Can Breast Cancer Be Prevented?

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things you can do that might lower your risk. This can be especially helpful for women with certain risk factors for breast cancer, such as having a strong family history or certain gene changes.

Learn more from the American Cancer Society here!