Breast cancer: are you at risk?
by Jean Maza
Associate Manager of Communication
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Breast cancer is a seemingly random, equal opportunity disease. Even though lung cancer and heart disease kill more women in the United States each year, breast cancer remains one of the top health concerns of American women.
Only about 5 percent of all reported breast cancer cases are attributed to genetic factors. What affects your risk of getting breast cancer?
According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the leading source of non-profit funding for breast cancer research in the world, being a woman and getting older are the biggest risk factors for developing breast cancer.