A variety of factors influence a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. Knowing her estimated risk of breast cancer can help a woman choose appropriate screening and risk-reduction care. The interaction of numerous risk factors contribute to more than 90 percent of breast cancers.
1) The most common risk factor for breast cancer is:
d) Alcohol consumption
2) Too much alcohol consumption is a known risk factor for breast cancer. The recommended amount of alcohol consumed on a daily basis is:
a) 1 glass or fewer per day
b) 5 glasses per day
c) 3 glasses per day
d) 2 or fewer glasses per day
3) True or False? Your risk is higher if you had your first period before age 12, began menopause after age 55, never had children, or had your first child after 30.
4) You can inherit the gene mutation that makes you more susceptible to breast cancer (BRCA1 or BRCA2) from:
a) Your daughter
b) Your mother
c) Your father
d) Both answers b & c
5) True or False? If your mother, sister or daughter have had breast and/or ovarian cancer, you are at higher risk of developing breast cancer.
6) True or False? Smoking can increase your risk of getting cancer.
1) Answer: c
Just being born a woman is the biggest risk factor of all. Men do get breast cancer but it is a very small percentage. The second most common risk factor for breast cancer is age - your risk increases as you get older.
2) Answer: a
Consumption of more than 1 glass per day of alcohol has been identified as one of the common elements among women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
3) Answer: True
The fewer menstrual cycles, the less estrogen is produced. A higher level of estrogen production is known to make women more susceptible to breast cancer.
4) Answer: d
Even though it seems like the answer would be your mother, the gene can be passed on through either parent.
5) Answer: True
A family history of breast or ovarian cancer is another significant risk factor for developing breast cancer.
6) Answer: True
According to the American Cancer Society, smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body, is linked to at least 10 different cancers, and accounts for some 30% of all cancer deaths.