Read these statistics from the National Cancer Institute:
- Based on current breast cancer incidence rates, experts estimate that about one out of every
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- The strongest risk factor for breast cancer is age. A woman’s risk of developing this disease increases as she gets older.
- Other factors can also increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, including inherited changes in certain genes, a personal or family history of breast cancer, having dense breasts, beginning to menstruate before age 12, starting menopause after age 55, having a first full-term pregnancy after age 30, never having been pregnant, obesity after menopause, and alcohol use.
- Based on current incidence rates, 12.4 percent of women born in the United States today will develop breast cancer at some time during their lives.