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Breast Cancer Facts


Breast Cancer Risk Factors

  • The greatest risk factor for developing breast cancer is gender (female) and the second is age. Between 2000-2004, 95 percent of new cases and 97 percent of breast cancer deaths occurred in women aged 40 and older. 
  • The risk of developing breast cancer increases for women whose parent, sibling or child have had the disease.
  • Family history on mother or father’s side is equally important.
  • Having a first child after age 30 or having no children.
  • Early menstruation (before age 12) or late menopause (after age 55).
  • History of ovarian or colon cancer.
  • Obesity, particularly after menopause.

Early Detection

Our greatest weapon against breast cancer is early detection. Breast cancer found early can usually be treated successfully.

  • In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released mammography guidelines recommending screening mammograms every two years for women ages 50–74. BayCare supports the USPSTF guidelines; however, if you have questions about the guidelines, you should contact your physician. We encourage you to contact your health plan to verify your eligibility for a mammogram.

To make an appointment, please call (813) 872-2973. To have questions answered regarding your breast health, please call our Nurse Navigator at (813) 356-7117.

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