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Factors that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer include:
• Being female
• Increasing age.
• A personal history of breast cancer
• A family history of breast cancer.
• Inherited genes that increase cancer risk.
• Radiation exposure.
• Beginning your period at a younger age.
• Beginning menopause at an older age.
• Having your first child at an older age.
• Postmenopausal hormone therapy.
• Drinking alcohol.
Other risk factors that have been suggested, but don't play any role in the development of breast cancer include tight fitting bras, antiperspirants, breast implants and shift work.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:
• A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
• Bloody discharge from the nipple
• Change in the size or shape of a breast
• Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
• Inverted nipple
• Peeling, scaling or flaking of the nipple or breast skin
• Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange
For the continuation of these statistics please visit BREASTCANCER.ORG
About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
• In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 57,650 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
• About 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2011. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
Always a worthy cause, but every other month is breast cancer awareness month. Where's the month for colon cancer? Ball cancer?