Life-style Related Risk Factors

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Related Risk Factors

Lifestyle-related factors are habits or behaviors people participate in.  Most of the time they are factors you can control.

Alcohol Consumption

The risk of developing breast cancer increases with the amount of alcohol you consume.  Excessive alcohol consumption is also linked to the increase of several other cancers.Drinking in moderation includes one drink per day for women and two drinks a day for men, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture.


Being overweight after menopause may increase your risk of getting breast cancer.


Never having children, or having children over the age of 35 may increase your risk of developing breast cancer.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can cause dense breasts, which make it more difficult for cancers to be detected in breast tissue.  Some types of HRT can also increase your risk for developing breast cancer.

It is important to speak to your doctor about any concerns you may have in regards to breast cancer.  Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes and/or other approaches in order to help lower your risk of developing breast cancer.



American Cancer Society

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention