Breast Cancer Awareness Month

About 1 in every 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer. The exact cause of breast cancer is not known and most likely involves many factors, including genetic, environmental, nutritional and hormonal.

Go to the following MedicineNet.com articles to get the facts:

Breast cancer elicits so many fears, including those relating to surgery, death, loss of body image and loss of sexuality. Managing these fears can be facilitated by information and knowledge.

The following is a listing of risk factors.

Age & Gender

The most prominent risk factors for breast cancer are age and gender. Men can develop breast cancer, but women are 200 times more likely to develop breast cancer than men. Breast cancer is four hundred times more common in women who are 50 years old as compared to those who are 20 years old. Seventy-five percent of women who develop breast cancer have no risk factors other than age.

Family History

A family history of breast cancer will increase the risk of developing breast cancer in a woman by three to five times.

Menstruation & Menopause