If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, it is important to understand some of the basics as to how this may have happened and what may cause breast cancer. The exact causes of breast cancer are unknown, however there are factors that may increase your risk of developing it.
A risk factor is something that may increase your chance of getting a disease. You can avoid some risk factors, like drinking alcohol, but others, like genetics, you can’t. Approximately 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no known risk factors.
Although uncommon, men also develop breast cancer. Many of the risk factors for men are the same for women. However, the following factors may put men are at higher risk:
While you can’t prevent cancer, it is important to be proactive about your health. You can reduce your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer by: