Family history of breast cancer as a risk factor

Family history of breast cancer as a risk factor

Family history of breast cancer as a risk factor

Having a family history of breast cancer is a risk factor for a woman.

A risk factor is anything that increases a person’s chance of getting a disease, here, we are referring to breast cancer.

Having one first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) with breast cancer approximately doubles a woman’s risk, and having two first-degree relatives increases her risk fivefold.

Having  distant relatives (aunts, grandmothers, and cousins) with breast cancer slightly increases the risk.

Note that the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have NO family history of the disease.

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Courtesy of:

http://sharing.mayoclinic.org/2012/10/10/breast-cancer-hits-home-three-times-in-one-year/#more-12066

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