I'm wondering what measures should be taken by a 40 year old woman at high risk for breast cancer?

See your doctor. You should consult your doctor and depending on your family history s/he may suggest getting mammogram and/or a blood test for hereditary cancer.

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Had 2 babies over 40. Is that considered high risk for breast cancer? Breastfeed both. How much higher of a risk than average woman.

No. This doesn't increase your risk. Even if it did, it's moot. You did what was right for you. Keep up proper surveillance against breast cancer. I'm old-fashioned and believe in monthly self-exam. Comply with your physician's instructions on mammography. Report any dominant masses to your physician without delay. Do this and your chances of dying of breast cancer are extremely low. Read more...
Minimal if any. We don't truly understand what "causes" breast cancer outside certain mutations (brca1/2) ; in most cases its a combination of factors - gene switches ; lifetime experiences. Many items associated w/ "risk" have been identified such as early menarche, late 1st period, mammo density. These are not causes but likely surrogates for other influencing factors. #1 risk: being female and having breast. Read more...

What age of women is breast cancer more comon? What age is at high risk? Thank you...

More common with age. The incidence of breast cancer rises from about 100 per 100, 000 at age 40 to about 500 per 100.000 at age 75 then declines slightly after that. Cumulative risk is about 1 in 6 for cancer and 1 in 8 for invasive cancer. Read more...
Demographics breast . The cancer is most common between ages 60-70. It is considered high risk if it shows at a young age group that's between 25-50. There are various other tumor characteristics we take into account for risk stratification besides age such as grade, nodal status, oncotype score, er/pr/her2 status, lvi, pni, ki67 index and family history is very imp which defines the risk of carrying brca mutations. Read more...

Heard that after giving birth you're risk of breast cancer goes up in the following 10 years. Is this true and is it very high risk?

Good and Bad. It is true that risk of breast cancer goes up minimally after childbirth, but having children and especially breast feeding protect against breast cancer. See this site for more information on risks for breast cancer. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-risk-factors. Read more...
Tough question. There are factors which can influence breast cancers both ways. Some factors can decrease the risk (e.G early age first term pregnancy) and others can increase the risk (e.G later age at first pregnancy). Breast feeding, age of your first period and more seem to have an effect. We don't know all the influences. We are learning. Sometimes i get the feeling the more we learn the less we know. Read more...

I am 48 menopaused and suffering from symptoms. Am I at high risk if I take HRT knowing that I have 2 aunts diagnosed with breast cancer (at old age)?

Yes and No. Long term hrt does increase the risk of developing breast cancer. However the risk goes up by a small degree and that too only after prolonged use(5 or more years). Short term hrt is commonly used in those who have severe menopausal symptoms which may be debilitating. Go seek advice from your gynecologist. Read more...
Indeed you. Are at higher risk if you use hrt. You should discuss benefits, risks, alternatives with your gynecologist. Not all breast cancers are stimulated by estrogens, but not all hot flashes are worth the increased risk. Read more...

My sister had breast cancer in both breast am I a high risk for breast cancer?

Higher than average. Any othet family members, including extended family, with breast, ovarian, uterine, prostate, kidney, pancreatc cancers? Considergenetic testing. Read more...
Yes. Women with close relatives with breast cancer are at increased risk of breast cancer themselves. Read more...
High risk clinic. it is important that your sister get evaluated for the BRCA gene. I highly recommend that you find a high risk breast clinic at your local breast center to get evaluated for your race which may also include genetic testing. Read more...

What happens if you're at high risk for breast cancer but don't have it, would the surgery be completely out of pocket?

Pretty much so. With mammorgraphy as accurate as it is in detecting pre malignant lesions of the breast and further evaluation by physical exam and breast MRI, there would not be much value as some have considered, in doing a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I know of no plans that cover such surgical procedures. Read more...

Can I tell me if I am at high risk for breast cancer but don't have it, would the surgery be completely out of pocket?

Good question. Depends on your insurance and what you consider "high risk". For example, a patient with a brca mutation usually can get preventative mastectomies covered. Your doc could consider sending you to a specialist in risk assessment who will estimate your cancer risk using one of several models. If the risk is high enough, it may justify the surgery. Read more...

Which is better if I am extremely high risk for breast cancer. MRI or 3-D mammagram?

Probably MRI. MRI have been used for high risk women to identify cancer. The 3d mammogram is better then regular mammogram + digital mammogram, but been around for couple of years, so we don't have long term data yet. Talk to your doctor or a breast surgeon to discuss which one you qualify for if you are truly high risk. Read more...

My mom has 3rd breast cancer recurrence but is brca1/2 negative. Am I high risk for breast cancer?

Yes you are. there is many type of breast cancer. some are congenital. some are not one out of eight women in the US will get breast cancer check your own genetics, get your mammogram, and have a yearly physical. and do your self examination monthly. Read more...
Yes you are. Breast cancer does have some hereditary tendency. So sisters and daughters of a breat cancer patients have a small increase in their risk for developing breast cancer. yet >90% of the time there is no relationship to such an occurrence. So you need to be vigilant but not worry much about it. Just learn about breast self examination and do annual mammograms beginning at age 40 yr. Read more...