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Socioeconomic Status

High socioeconomic status (SES), which is most often defined by high income and/or high education level, has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer [232-237].

This increased risk is not due to the higher SES (higher income and/or higher education level) itself, but rather to differences in risk factors found in women of different education and income levels [232-238]. For example, compared to women of lower SES, women of higher SES are more likely to:

Each of these factors increases the risk of breast cancer [232-238].

Updated 11/11/13

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