Breast cancer awareness is crucial, and understanding your individual risk factors is a key step in the fight against this prevalent disease. Here’s a comprehensive checklist to help you assess your risk and take proactive steps towards your health.
- Age: The risk generally increases with age.
- Age at Menarche: Early onset of menstruation (before age 12) may slightly increase the risk.
- Age at First Live Birth: First full-term pregnancy at an older age (after 30) or never giving birth may slightly elevate the risk.
- Number of First-Degree Relatives with Breast Cancer: Having a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) with breast cancer increases risk.
- History of Atypical Hyperplasia: Presence of atypical hyperplasia in a breast biopsy may increase risk.
- Breast Density: Women with denser breast tissue may have a slightly higher risk.
- BRCA1/BRCA2 Genetic Mutations: Inherited mutations in these genes significantly increase the risk.
- Personal History of Breast Cancer or Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS): Previous occurrences increase the risk of a new cancer.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Use of combined estrogen and progestin for menopausal symptoms may increase risk.
Knowing your risk empowers you to make informed decisions about your health. Regular screenings and early detection are key to combating breast cancer. Share this information with your loved ones to raise awareness and encourage proactive health choices.