Top 10 Breast Cancer Risk Factors

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2. Age

The older you are, the higher your risk. Eighty percent of new cancers are diagnosed in people over 55, more than half of new breast cancers occur in women over 60, and more than one-third occur in women over 75. Also, breast cancer is more common later in life—after menopause—in Europe and the United States than in other parts of the world, such as Japan or Africa, but scientists haven’t figured out why.

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