A: Dr Harness Answers the Question

In this clip, Jay Harness, MD, FACS explains what the risk factors for developing breast cancer are.

What are the risk factors for breast cancer? Well first of all, we don't know the exact cause of breast cancer other than we know if you are gene-positive, you are approaching 80% chance of developing breast cancer. But what are the other typical risk factors for breast cancer? And there are multiple ones: not ever having children; nulliparous is certainly one of the risk factors. Actually as you age, the older you get; the greater your risk.

The one in eight number from the American Cancer Society for the risk of breast cancer actually comes if you live up to, let's say on to, age 94. Other risk factors are: late birthing — we are not exactly sure why having children later in life is an increased risk factor for breast cancer —, alcohol consumption is rising a little bit more as a risk factor for breast cancer, being obese or overweight is a risk factor for breast cancer, and clearly, having a family history is a risk factor for a breast cancer.

So the list includes now cigarette smoking as a risk factor for breast cancer. Many people have been worried about pesticides. They are worried about other environmental factors. The link there and the risk there are probably not as clear as many of the ones that I have mentioned so far, and particularly, if you have any kind of family history for breast cancer, you want to be sure that you understand risk factors.

People often ask me, "What can I do to lower my risk of developing breast cancer?" The simple answer is: live heart-healthy, don't smoke, minimal alcohol consumption, exercise regularly, try and stay as close as you can to ideal body weight, eating a protein sort of base diet that is more in the better proteins than it is in the negative proteins... things of that sort.

There's no guarantee you won't develop breast cancer but those are the kinds of things that you can do to help prevent breast cancer.

This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for personal medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information provided on this site solely at your own risk.  If you have any concerns about your health, please consult with a physician.


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\f0\fs24 \cf0 >>>DR. JAY K. HARNESS: \f1 What are the risk factors for breast cancer?
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Well first of all, we don\'92t know the exact cause of breast cancer other than we know
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if you are gene-positive, you are approaching 80% chance of developing breast cancer. But
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what are the other typical risk factors for breast cancer? And there are multiple ones:
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not ever having children; nulliparous is certainly one of the risk factors. Actually as you age,
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the older you get; the greater your risk. \
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\pard\tx2367\pardeftab720\ri720\qj \cf0 \
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The one in eight number from the American Cancer Society for the risk of breast cancer
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actually comes if you live up to, let\'92s say on to, age 94. Other risk factors are:
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late birthing \'97 we are not exactly sure why having children later in life is an increased
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risk factor for breast cancer \'97, alcohol consumption is rising a little bit more as
1:03
a risk factor for breast cancer, being obese or overweight is a risk factor for breast
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cancer, and clearly, having a family history is a risk factor for a breast cancer. \
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\ So the list includes now cigarette smoking
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as a risk factor for breast cancer. Many people have been worried about pesticides. They are
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worried about other environmental factors. The link there and the risk there are probably
1:32
not as clear as many of the ones that I have mentioned so far, and particularly, if you
1:36
have any kind of family history for breast cancer, you want to be sure that you understand
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risk factors. \ \
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People often ask me, \'93What can I do to lower my risk of developing breast cancer?\'94
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The simple answer is: live heart-healthy, don\'92t smoke, minimal alcohol consumption,
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exercise regularly, try and stay as close as you can to ideal body weight, eating a
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protein sort of base diet that is more in the better proteins than it is in the negative
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proteins\'85 things of that sort. \ \
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There\'92s no guarantee you won\'92t develop breast cancer but those are the kinds of things
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that you can do to help prevent breast cancer. \
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\ Hi, I am Dr. Jay Harness and I want to share
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with you important information that I believe that every newly diagnosed patient with breast
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cancer needs to know. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor and I want every woman to know about personal life, breast
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cancer treatment and the genomic test \'96 a test that helps guide a woman and her doctor
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to the best treatment options for her. \ \
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Pass it on! \ }
 
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This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for personalized medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information provided on this site solely at your own risk. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult a physician, or contact us for an appointment.