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Risk Factors: Young Women

Risk Factors: Young Women

Awareness is key!


It’s important to know how your breasts look and feel normally.

Know your breasts by doing a regular breast self-exam (BSE).
A breast self-exam can help women and men notice any changes that occur within their breasts. Although there is no wrong way to do a breast self-exam, it is important to both look at and feel the breasts for changes. Know how your breasts look and feel and report changes to your health care provider right away. Don’t wait!

Talk to your family to learn about your family health history.
Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer. Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are a higher risk.

Ask whether you should start getting mammograms or other tests before age 40. Schedule your clinical breast exam every 3 years if you are between the ages of 20-39.

Make healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce your risk of breast cancer, such as maintain a healthy weight, exercise weekly, limit alcohol intake, and breastfeed exclusively for 6 months if you can.

Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 11% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.

Additional Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/young_women/index.htm
https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/breast-cancer-facts-and-figures/breast-cancer-facts-and-figures-2019-2020.pdf
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/risk-and-prevention/lifestyle-related-breast-cancer-risk-factors.html
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/risk-and-prevention/lifestyle-related-breast-cancer-risk-factors.html