What are risk factors for breast cancer?

Many. Brca gene mutation, family history, esp. A first-degree relative (mother, father or sister), early age at first period, late menopause, no children or children after age 30, obesity, high-fat diet. However it is very important to realize that there is no guaranteed method of prevention, and 75% of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients have no family history of breast cancer - everyone is at risk.
Breasts. 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. This is a disease that spares no one. Certainly, people with a strong family history or high estrogen levels (early puberty, late menopause, etc.) may have an increased risk, but this is overemphasized. Bottom line: we have a simple, inexpensive test that can find breast ca early that remains underutilized. Mammograms save lives.

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What are some of the different risk factors for breast cancer?

See below. Some of the risk factors measured on the gail risk assessment are young age at first menstrual cycle, older age at first live childbirth, number of first degree relatives with breast cancer (mother, sister, daughter). Other risks may be prolonged exposure to estrogen medications, obesity, lack of exercise, cigarette smoking, excess intake of alcohol or fatty foods, etc. Read more...

What is the odds for breast cancer for women in her 40s with dense breast and no other risk factors?

Breast cancer. The odds are tough to understand when you say you are in your 40's. Please make an appointment to see a Gynecologist to determine if your numbers are OK or if you need more (or less) treatment. Read more...
Why do you ask? It's moot. Breast density is not a factor. If you find a dominant mass, get seen without delay and a cure is highly likely. With zero risk factors, it's low but the real protection comes from alertness. Read more...