While it is still not clear what exactly causes breast cancer but we do know that certain risk factors are linked to the occurrence of disease.
Having risk factors does not mean that a woman will surely get breast cancer. Sometimes women who have one or even more risk factors never get breast cancer. And most women who do get breast cancer don't have any risk factors. Some risk factors are stronger than others and risk for breast cancer can also change over time with aging or lifestyle.
100 times more common in women than in men.
The probability of getting breast cancer rises as woman gets older.
White women are slightly more likely to get it than Asian, Hispanic and Native-American women.
Mutations in genes or inherited changes like BRCA1 and BRCA2 can increase the risk.
Risk is higher in women whose close blood relatives like mother, sisters or aunts have the disease.
A woman who has cancer in one breast has a greater chance of getting a new cancer in the other breast
When there is more gland tissue and less fatty tissue, it increases the risk. It can also make it harder for doctors to spot problems in screening tests.
Women who have certain other breast problems are more closely linked to breast cancer risk than others.
Women had begun their periods early (before 12) or had late menopause (after the age of 55) have slightly increased risk of breast cancer.
Women who have had recurrent radiation treatment in the chest area earlier in life (especially in growing years) have an increased risk of breast cancer.
Not having children or having them late in life may increase the risk. Woman who had their first child after 30, have slightly higher risk of breast cancer.
Some studies suggest that breastfeeding lowers breast cancer risk slightly, especially if the breastfeeding duration last for 1.5 to 2 years.
Studies suggest that women who use certain type of birth control pills have greater risk than women who have never used them. This risk seems to revert back to normal once the pills are stopped.
Taking hormones - estrogen and progesterone after menopause increases the risk of getting breast cancer.
Alcohol is clearly linked to an increased risk of getting breast cancer.
Being overweight after menopause is linked to a increased risk of breast cancer.
Although the causes of breast cancer are not clear, getting medical check-up is important for maintaining your overall health. Such screenings analyze your body and tell you whether you are at high risk of having certain health issues like breast cancer. Indus Health Plus offers such check-ups and provides a detailed analysis of your health. To get in touch with us, fill up the query form.