Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Certain lifestyle and hereditary factors can increase your risk of developing breast cancer. By eliminating one or more of these factors, you may cut your cancer risk.

- Being 40 or older (risk increases with age)

- Family history of cancer

- Personal history of breast cancer

- Early onset of menstruation (before age 12)

- Completion of menopause after age 55

- Having first child over age of 30

- Having no children

- Obesity

- Alcohol use

- A high-fat diet

- Smoking

- Oral contraceptives taken at an early age

Note: Hormone Replacement Therapy has not been proven a factor.