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.
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.