When we see ads about breast cancer, or think about the disease, we might picture a woman of a certain age: Perhaps a mom, sister or grandmother in her 40s, 50s or 60s.

Most younger women don’t think about getting breast cancer. And while less than 7% of all cases occur in women under 40, breast cancer can happen at any age. All the more reason to be aware of your risk factors, no matter your age.

Breast cancer risk factors

The following factors may put women at greater risk of developing breast cancer:

  • A personal history of breast cancer or certain noncancerous breast diseases
  • A family history of breast cancer, particularly in a mother, daughter or sister
  • A history of radiation treatments to the chest before age 40
  • Having a specific genetic defect (BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation)
  • Starting your period before age 12
  • The age when you had your first child (for some women)
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Regularly eating red meat
  • Dense breasts
  • Obesity
  • Race (white women log the highest breast cancer rates)

Aging can increase your risk of breast cancer

As a “general rule,” the younger you are, the lower your risk. According to BreastCancer.org, your likelihood of developing breast cancer increases as you age:

  • Age 20, the probability of developing invasive breast cancer in the next 10 years is .06%, or 1 in 1,732.
  • Age 30, the 10-year probability of developing invasive breast cancer is .44%, or 1 in 228.
  • Age 40, this probability is 1.45%, or 1 in 69.
  • Age 50, it is 2.31%, or 1 in 43.
  • Age 60, it increases to 3.49%, or 1 in 29.
  • Age 70, the percentage is 3.84%, or 1 in 26.

Advanced breast cancer treatment is close to home

At Hope Cancer Center, we specialize in providing innovative and compassionate breast cancer treatment in Texas. To give you every possible advantage to beat cancer, we offer a complete range of oncology therapies, along with clinical trial placement, counseling and financial assistance.

To learn more or schedule an appointment at one of our five locations across East Texas, call 903.592.6152 or click here to use our online form.