Risk Factors

Pink ribbon for the breast cancer awarenessThere are a lot of risk factors that puts a woman at a greater chance of developing breast cancer. It is essential to group the risk factors into modifiable and non-modifiable ones. Non-modifiable risk factors of breast cancers can be sex, age, race, and genetics. Whereas the modifiable risks are: being overweight, having a sedentary lifestyle, abuse of drugs, chronic use of cigarettes, and exposure to carcinogens. It is necessary to group the risk factors into modifiable and non-modifiable ones, so that you can have an idea about your chances of acquiring the disease; and the capacity to further lower your chances of developing one through managing your modifiable risk factors. It is always essential to opt for healthy lifestyle so you can lessen your chances of ever developing the disease.


Breast cancer occurs 100 times more commonly in women than in men. For instance, in a study in American women, it revealed that 190, 000 invasive breast cancer cases are found yearly.

Heredo-familial History

For women who have first-degree relative, say a mother or a sister, who is affected by breast cancer, the chance of getting the disease is doubled. On the other hand, it is believed that 5-10% of most breast cancers are caused by abnormal gene that is passed from generation to generation.


The increased risk of developing breast cancer is directly proportional to an increase in age. Wherein, 66% of women aged 55 and above have been found to have invasive breast cancer.


Africans, Hispanics and Asians are less likely to get breast cancer than their white women counterpart. Yet, it is the African women who have an increased chance of getting the aggressive type of breast cancer for that matter.