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Find out more about breast cancer and self examination.
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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
Inherited genetic mutations
Carcinoma in situ or hyperplasia
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
Lack of exercise
Postmenopausal hormone use (HRT)
First period before 12
Current or recent use of birth control pills
Not breast feeding
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
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