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

Staff and supporters at the Foundation are thrilled to welcome new Chairman David Mutch, MD, FACOG. Read Dr. Mutch’s bio here.

Awareness

Unbreakable Bonds: Read this NY Times Mother’s Day tribute featuring Nt’l Race Host Committee member Megan Neforos: click here

Research

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014-2015 Research Grant and Prizes. View the PDF.

Education

The next Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course is June 27 in Shreveport, Louisiana. For more information, click here.