What Impacts Breast Cancer Risk?

What Impacts Breast Cancer Risk?
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Ms. Maryam Reinsch and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor 


Does having a family history of breast cancer increase my risk of developing the disease?

Answered by Ms. Maryam Reinsch



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Family History Influence:


 1. Family history can impact breast cancer risk, but not every woman with a family history will develop it.

 2. Some women may develop breast cancer without any family history of the disease.


Possible Risk Factors:

 1. Overweight, lack of exercise, and type II diabetes can increase risk.

 2. Unhealthy diet, high-fat intake, and consumption of alcohol and nicotine may contribute.

 3. Long-term hormone replacement therapy after menopause can elevate risk.

 4. Dense breast tissue, chest radiation in childhood, and a history of breast and ovarian cancer in the family can also heighten risk.

 5. Genetic mutations in genes like BRCA1 and BRCA2 are significant risk factors.



 1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet.

 2. Limit alcohol consumption and avoid smoking.

 3. Discuss hormone replacement therapy risks with a healthcare provider.

 4. Stay vigilant with regular breast screenings and consider genetic counseling if warranted.





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About Ms. Maryam Reinsch

Ms. Maryam Reinsch

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