Having knowledge about breast cancer risk factors can empower men and women to be more proactive in monitoring their own health. Risk factors are specific traits that can make a person more likely to develop breast cancer, although they do not definitively indicate that a tumor will develop. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, our oncologists can help patients determine their own breast cancer risk level and provide individualized screening recommendations that reflect their personal and family history, as well as their age, sex and lifestyle traits.
Through years of extensive research, medical professionals have identified the following breast cancer risk factors:
- Having a personal history of breast cancer
- Having a first-degree relative (mother, sister or daughter) with breast cancer (especially if that person was diagnosed with breast cancer prior to menopause)
- Having a history of early menstruation (before age 12)
- Having reached menopause later in life (after age 55)
- Having undergone one or more rounds of radiation therapy to the chest
- Having a mutation on the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene
Having one or more of these risk factors can alter a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer, although researchers have not yet determined just how these risk factors influence the actual cellular mutations that lead to breast cancer.
At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, we are not only actively invested in researching the various risk factors that may correspond with the development of breast tumors, but also the most meaningful ways to use this knowledge to benefit our patients. We have a genetic testing and counseling program, and our oncologists provide patients with tailored recommendations for screenings and preventive care. We welcome men and women of all ages, and referrals are never required.
To schedule an appointment at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. Our Tampa, FL, oncologists can help you assess your breast cancer risk factors and determine how to use your medical history to your greatest advantage.