Many factors increase breast cancer risk only slightly (such as a later age at menopause). However, there are a few factors that put women at very high risk of breast cancer.
Each of these factors can greatly increase the risk of breast cancer :
Some risk factors for breast cancer increase women's risk a modest amount (such as usual hyperplasia). Having more than one of these factors however, may also put a woman at higher risk.
Learn more about estimating breast cancer risk.
There are special breast cancer screening guidelines for some women at higher risk [89,244]. If you have a higher risk of breast cancer, talk with your health care provider about which screening options are right for you. You may need to be screened earlier and/or more often.
Learn more about breast cancer screening for women at higher risk.
If you have a higher risk of breast cancer, there are some options to help lower your risk including:
Such decisions should only be made after talking with your provider.
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