The two most significant risk factors for developing breast cancer are being female and increasing age. For example, a young woman in her 30s has a one in 233 chance (less than half a percent) of developing breast cancer, while the risk for a woman in her 60s is one in 27 (3.7 percent). The statistic that one in eight women is at risk for developing breast cancer is true only when considering the yearly risks for women of all ages—including those in their 90s.
Other genes are under study and may also play a role in breast cancer.
If you are interested in learning about your risk for developing breast cancer, our Breast Cancer Personalized Risk Assessment, Education and Prevention (B-PREP) Program offers an in-depth risk survey along with screening, genetic counseling, and education about prevention strategies.
If you are concerned that you are at-risk for breast cancer and would like an in-depth evaluation by our breast cancer specialists in the B-PREP Program, call (617) 732-8111. For more information on patient registration or scheduling an appointment with a Breast Specialist please visit our appointment page.
Read more about risk factors and risk reduction for breast cancer at Susan G. Komen.
Learn more about risk factors and risk reduction for breast cancer through information provided by The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation.
Visit the Kessler Health Education Library in the Bretholtz Center for Patients and Families to access computers and knowledgeable staff.
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