Breast Cancer: Risk Factors

At SSM Health, we work hard to give you the necessary tools to take control of your health. Knowing your risk factors helps you take action to catch breast cancer early or potentially prevent it.

Risk factors specific to breast cancer may include genetic background, lifestyle choices, obesity, age and more. Although these things may increase your odds to develop the disease, they do not definitively point to a probable diagnosis. In fact, some women who have breast cancer have may not have any of these risk factors.

The specific steps you can take to minimize your chances for breast cancer and potentially prevent it include:

  • Routine self and physician breast exams
  • Annual mammograms for women 40 years of age and older
  • Smart lifestyle and health choices
  • Regular physical exams

Play an active role in your own health. Take our breast cancer risk assessment to see if you have any risk factors, or schedule a mammogram at your nearest SSM Health location.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors You Cannot Change

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Race
  • Previous history of breast cancer
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • History of ovarian cancer
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Prolonged exposure to estrogen
  • Medical conditions of the breast

Lifestyle-Related Breast Cancer Risk Factors

  • Obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Inactivity
  • Alcohol use
  • Diet

By educating yourself on breast cancer, its risk factors and available treatments, you’re starting the journey to a more healthy you. If you’re concerned about your risk and would like to discuss next steps, contact an SSM Health provider near you. Our skilled care teams will answer any questions you may have to put your mind at ease. We’re the supporting cast to your lead role.

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