Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Understanding breast cancer risk factors can lead to early detection and healthier lifestyles. As breast cancer awareness slowly increases in the African American community

What is a risk factor? A breast cancer risk factor is something that increases your chances of developing a disease (like cancer, diabetes, heart disease). As with most diseases, breast cancer has risk factors that you can change and risk factors that you can do nothing about.

Let’s take a look at a few:

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Breast Cancer Risk Factors


Can I Prevent Breast Cancer?

While there is no way to prevent breast cancer, you can reduce your risks. Knowing the risk factors and discussing them with your doctor can help. You can work on the breast cancer risk factors that you can control.

“It’s important to take the time to really talk to your doctor about breast cancer risk. Women of all ages can and should do this—whether it’s with their gynecologist or their primary care provider.”

—Marc Hurlbert, PhD, Chief Mission Officer, Breast Cancer Research Foundation


This video gives an overview of breast cancer risk factors for African American women. You will also learn about a very aggressive and deadly breast cancer known as Triple Negative breast cancer that is taking black lives.

(courtesy of CBS Evening News)