Unavoidable Risks That Increase the Likelihood of Breast CancerThe Breast Cancer Site
There are some unavoidable factors that increase a woman's likelihood of getting breast cancer. Here are a few of those risks:
While men can have breast cancer, women are around 100 times more likely to develop the disease because they have more of the female hormones progesterone and estrogen, which have been shown to promote cell growth in breast cancer tumors.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight invasive breast cancers are found in women who are younger than 45 years old, and two out of three invasive breast cancers are found in women who are 55 years and older. The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends that women ages 50-74 should get a mammogram every two years. Ask your doctor what's right for you.
Some breast cancers are thought to be hereditary. If you have a first-degree relative, a mother, sister or daughter, with the disease, your risk is doubled. If two first-degree relatives have the disease, your risk is tripled.
Race and Ethnicity
Women of Caucasian origin are slightly more likely to develop the disease than African American women. Asian, Hispanic, and Native American women's risk of dying from breast cancer is lower than other ethnicities.
Dense Breast Tissue
If you have more fibrous and glandular tissue than fatty tissue, you have dense breasts. This means your risk of breast cancer is 1.2-2 times greater than a women with regular breast tissue. This also means it is more difficult to spot cancerous cells in mammograms.