Assessing Your Risk For Breast Cancer

breast cancer risks

Do you know your breast cancer risk? There are some things that put us at risk for cancer that we can change – and some that we can’t. But all of them should be considered when assessing your risk.

Factors you can control:

  • Increased body weight after menopause
  • Decreased physical activity
  • Increased alcohol use
  • Exposure to hormones
  • Older age 30 at your first child’s birth

Factors you can’t control:

  • Early menstruation
  • Personal or family cancer history
  • Late menopause after age 55
  • Increased breast density
  • Genetic mutations
  • Therapeutic radiation exposure as an adolescent

One of the best things you can do to prevent breast cancer is to have an annual mammogram. It’s fast and easy to schedule. Contact SwedishAmerican’s Center for Breast Health today at 779-696-7676.