Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ask Us Anything: What Are My Chances of Getting Breast Cancer?

"What are my chances of getting breast cancer?"

Candice Gerrity, Registered Nurse and Certified Breast Patient Navigator, Responds: 

Breast cancer incidence has been steadily decreasing since 1999 due to the increasing number of women undergoing screenings. This has resulted in earlier detection of malignancies which therefore leads to treatment at earlier stages of the disease.

The probability of a woman developing breast cancer in her lifetime, if she reaches the age of 85, is one in eight, or about 13%.

Of course, certain risk factors play a role. Some you can control, like exercise, nutrition and breastfeeding. Some you can’t, like your age, sex, ethnicity, family history and hormonal influences.

The most significant risk factors for developing breast cancer are being female, increasing age, and having a history of breast cancer in your family.

– Candice Gerrity, RN, CBPN

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