Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in North American women.
A good way to reduce the impact of this disease is to identify women most at risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Many risk factors have already been identified, including certain genetic conditions, family and personal history of breast cancer, early onset of puberty (menstruation before age 11), late menopause (after age 55), no pregnancies or a late first pregnancy (after age 30), advanced age, alcohol consumption, prolonged hormone treatment (estrogen and progesterone), obesity, and more. It’s important to note, however, that women with none of these risk factors can still develop breast cancer, and women with several of these risk factors may never develop it. However, identifying risk factors makes it possible to direct women toward the appropriate prevention and screening methods. Talk to your health professional about it!