What Are the Risk Factors for Breast Cancer?

While some of the factors that put patients at risk for breast cancer, such as genetics or simply being female, cannot be changed, others are variable in that they are related to environmental conditions or lifestyle choices. Breast cancer risk factors include (but are not limited to):

The above should be viewed as a representative but not comprehensive discussion of breast cancer risk factors. Most importantly, you should also make sure your doctor is fully informed about your personal and family history of breast cancer and its risk factors. For example, if breast cancer has occurred in your immediate family, other risk factors, such as lifestyle issues, may be of more concern. If fully informed, your primary-care physician will be in a better position to help you develop a breast cancer prevention and screening plan that better fits your individual needs.