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

This special section in Self Magazine features a GYN surgeon and 34-year-old (at the time of diagnosis) patient.

Awareness

This year’s National Race to End Women’s Cancer aims to spread the word that all women should Love Your Ladyparts! Check out site’s new features and join the MOVEMENT.

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 will be February 7-8 in Anchorage, Alaska. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.