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Chart based on National Cancer Institute (2020). SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975–2017. http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2017/. Accessed July 31, 2020.
On average, about 13 out of 100 women will get breast cancer sometime during their lives. A woman's risk may be higher or lower depending on different factors. Getting older and being female are the two main risk factors linked to breast cancer. Other risks include having a family history of breast cancer, having breast changes or a breast disease that isn't cancer, being white, and drinking alcohol. Hormones such as estrogen may also play a part in some types of breast cancer.
Chart based on Kuchenbaecker KB, et al. (2017). Risks of breast, ovarian, and contralateral breast cancer for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. JAMA, 317(23): 2402–2416. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2017.7112. Accessed August 5, 2020.
Some women have BRCA1 gene changes. Their risk of getting breast cancer is higher than average. For these women, about 72 out of 100 of them will get breast cancer by age 80.
Some women have BRCA2 gene changes. Their risk of getting breast cancer is higher than average. For these women, about 69 out of 100 of them will get breast cancer by age 80.
Current as of:
September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Sarah Marshall MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineWendy Y. Chen MD, MPH MD, MPH - Medical Oncology, HematologyLesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Wendy Y. Chen MD, MPH MD, MPH - Medical Oncology, Hematology & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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