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Who gets breast cancer? PDF Print E-mail

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women in Canada, and any female can be at risk for developing it. More than 22,000 women are diagnosed each year Ė thatís one in nine women in Canada. Although the incidence of breast cancer rises sharply with age (the older you are, the higher the risk is that you may develop it), it also affects young women. About 4% of all breast cancer cases are found in women under the age of 40. Breast cancer rarely occurs in men (less than 1% of all cases).

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Currently, we donít know enough about breast cancer to be able to say who will develop it and who wonít. Thatís one of the most challenging issues with the disease. However, we do know about some of the risk factors that can either reduce or increase a personís risk for developing breast cancer. The risk factors fall into two categories: those we can control or change (called modifiable risk factors) and those we cannot control (called non-modifiable risk factors). Non-modifiable risk factors include family history and genetics, getting older, and being female. Modifiable risk factors include nutrition, physical activity, and drinking alcohol.

Learn more at: http://www.cbcf.org/breastcancer/

 
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