Just because you have risk factors does not mean you will get breast cancer, and just because you get breast cancer does not mean you will have any of the common risk factors. However, some risk factors have been studied and confirmed. Those women who have had breast cancer are at risk for recurrence. Other factors include a family history, BRCA genes, older age, weight, excessive radiation, late menopause, alcohol, race, and more. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how breast cancer is caused, what the risk factors are, and how to get screened.