Does Age Make a Difference to the Risk of Breast Cancer?

Q:

I always wonder whether different ages may affect the risk of developing breast cancer.

A:

As long as we are alive, we grow older each day. The risk of getting breast cancer also goes up each day. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 out of 8 cases of invasive breast cancers are women who are younger than 45. The chances of breast cancer is much more than higher for women are no younger than 55. About 2 out of 3 cases of invasive breast cancers are found in this group.

Ageing is the biggest threat for woman to develop breast cancer. The opportunities for genetic damage (mutations) increase as people grow older, because the ageing body become less able to repair genetic damage. Based on the incidence rate estimated from the breast cancer statistics during the period of 2007-2009, today, every women has about a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer during her lifetime.

However, these are just estimates formulated on the basis of the whole population. Whether you may or may not develop breast cancer depends on a series of factors, such as race or ethnicity, family history and reproductive history.

 

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