Find out more about breast cancer and self examination.



The most common risk factor is being female. Other risk factors include having a family history of breast cancer or certain other cancers.

There are known risk factors that you can control and others you cannot change.
  • Risk factors do not cause breast cancer
  • Risk factors are associated with an increased chance of getting breast cancer
  • Some risk factors can be controlled and others can't be changed
  • Known Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
  • Being female
  • Getting older
  • Inherited genetic mutations
  • Carcinoma in situ or hyperplasia
  • Family history
  • Dense breasts
  • Radiation exposure
  • High blood estrogen levels
  • Previous breast cancer
  • Menopause after 55
  • No children or first child after 35 High bone density
  • Overweight or adult weight gain
  • High socioeconomic status
  • Ashkenazi Jewish heritage
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Lack of exercise
  • Postmenopausal hormone use (HRT)
  • First period before 12
  • Current or recent use of birth control pills
  • Being tall
  • Not breast feeding
  • Get Screened
  • Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at higher risk
  • Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
  • Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20, and every year starting at 40
  • Mammography in the UAE
  • Best screening tool widely available for finding breast cancer early
  • Screening every 2 years for women starting at age 40
  • If a woman is under 40 and has a family history or other concerns, she should talk with her doctor