Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Breast Cancer Health Center

Font Size

How Much Does Lifestyle Affect Breast Cancer Risk?

Study Suggests Weight, Drinking Habits, and Physical Activity Account for Small Portion of Overall Risk

Perspective on Cancer Risk continued...

"These kinds of models are more important at the population level than at the personal level," says Mary B. Daly, MD, PhD, chair of the department of clinical genetics at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

"I've been taking care of women with breast cancer for 25 years, most of them don't have any of these risk factors," she says. "There's obviously a lot more going on. Those risk factors that we know about only tell part of the picture."


Today on WebMD

Breast Cancer Overview
From self-exams and biopsies to reconstruction, we’ve got you covered.
Dealing with breast cancer
Get answers to your questions.
woman having mammogram
Experts don’t agree on all fronts, but you can be your own advocate.
woman undergoing breast cancer test
Many women worry. But the truth? Most abnormalities aren’t breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Treatments Improving
Resolved To Quit Smoking
Woman getting mammogram
Screening Tests for Women
ovarian cancer overview slideshow
serious woman
what is your cancer risk
10 Ways to Revitalize Slideshow