Breast Cancer Risk Factors & Prevention

Facts about Breast Cancer

  • After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women
    • It is estimated that 8,770 new breast cancers will be diagnosed in Georgia alone in 2021
  • 30% of new cancers diagnosed in women will be breast cancers
  • 1 in 8 (approximately 12%) of women in the United States will have breast cancer in their lifetime
  • After lung cancer, breast cancer has the highest death rate
    • It is estimated that 1,410 breast cancer-related deaths will occur in the state of Georgia in 2021
  • Currently, there are more than 3.5 million living breast cancer survivors in the United States

Breast Cancer Risk Factors:

  • Being female and being older
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Period starting prior to age of 12
  • Entering menopause at 55 or older
  • Having your first child after age 30
  • Having no children
  • Having more than 1 alcoholic drink per day
  • Having dense breast tissue
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Obesity/being overweight
  • Physical Inactivity

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines:

  • Mammograms are recommended beginning at age 40 for all women
  • Clinical breast exams (an exam performed by your doctor) are recommended every 1-3 years starting at age 25
  • Practicing breast self-awareness every month
  • For those at increased risk, screening recommendations may change