Risk Factors

While the cause of breast cancer is not known at present, there are many risk factors for women to consider.

  • The number of lifetime menstrual cycles—being young when menstruation begins and/or going through late menopause
  • Never giving birth or giving birth at a later age; not breastfeeding
  • Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy
  • Family history of breast cancer (mother, sister, daughter)
  • Genetic mutations in the breast cancer related genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2
  • Radiation treatment to the breast/chest
  • Getting older
  • Drinking more than 1 alcoholic drink each day
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Weight management challenges—overweight women are at increased risk for post-menopausal breast cancer

To learn more about your personal risk of breast cancer, take a risk assessment offered by the National Cancer Institute.

There also is a link between breast cancer and ovarian cancer. More information can be found in the Risk Awareness section of our web site.

Spotlight

SGO, ASCCP Clarify Recommendations of Primary HPV Testing for Cervical Cancer Screening. Read the release.

Awareness

We’re pleased to partner with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to promote their recent webchat on cervical cancer treatment - watch now!

Research

The Foundation’s research award winners will be notified in January. Thank you to all who sent in their applications.

Education

The next Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course is February 7-8 in Anchorage, Alaska. For more information, click here.