Q: Aside from gender, what is the most important risk factor for breast cancer?
The most important risk factor for developing breast cancer, besides gender, is age. As women grow older, their chances of developing breast cancer increase substantially.
According to American Cancer Society statistics from 2004 to 2006, the likelihood of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40 is only 1 in 206. Gradually, the likelihood increases with time. A woman is most at risk after she turns 70. After that, her chances of developing breast cancer are as high as 1 in 15.
A woman's risk of developing breast cancer can increase due to other age-related problems. For some women, increased risk of breast cancer can be linked to going through menopause at an older age than most. Also, the use of menopausal hormone replacement drugs can contribute to a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer as she gets older.
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