Certain factors beyond your control may affect your likelihood of developing breast cancer. Being a woman and getting older are two of the biggest risk factors, but there are other risk factors to consider.
Discuss the following topics with your doctor, if applicable: your family history of breast cancer, your menstrual history, your age at first child birth, any prior breast abnormalities and any other chronic conditions like diabetes.
If you've been exposed to high levels of radiation from previous cancer treatment you should be especially sensitive to symptoms that might indicate breast cancer. Prior hormone replacement therapy (HRT) also elevates your risk, as high levels of estrogen have been related to breast cancer prevalence. Use of oral contraceptives affects your risk as well. Be sure to tell your physician about your family history for the most thorough, personalized advice.