There are a multitude of factors that can affect your lifelong chances of developing breast cancer and other disorders of the breast.
- Family health history
- Body weight
- Alcohol use
- Previous high-risk biopsy
- History of radiation to the chest wall
Having knowledge of these factors enables patients to make critical decisions about their health, such as when to begin breast cancer screening, how often one should be screened, how one should be screened and what lifestyle choices one can make to minimize risk.