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Breast Cancer Risk Test

by Eric Smith
  • Overview

    Breast cancer develops in the cells of the breasts and is much more common in women than in men. Breast cancer signs include a breast lump, thickened breast tissue and changes in the size, shape and appearance of the breast.
  • Age Factors

    According to the Mayo Clinic, women over 60 years of age and female patients who had their first menstrual period before the age of 12 have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Genetics

    Women with a family history of breast cancer and women who have inherited certain genetic mutations (such as BRCA1 and BRCA2) have a higher risk of getting breast cancer.
  • Lifestyle

    Females who drink alcohol and those who are overweight may have an increased breast cancer risk.
  • Menopause

    Estrogen and progesterone therapy for menopausal symptoms can cause a greater risk of breast cancer in female patients. Women who are older than 55 years of age when they start menopause have a higher breast cancer risk.
  • Other Risk Factors

    Women may be at greater risk of getting breast cancer if they gave birth to their first child after the age of 35 or if they received radiation treatment to the chest during childhood or as a young adult.

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