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How does age increase the risk for breast cancer?

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Your risk for breast cancer increases as you age. About 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year are ages 45 or older, and about 43% are ages 65 or above. Consider this: In women ages 40 to 50, there is a one in 68 risk of developing breast cancer. From ages 50 to 60, that risk increases to one in 42. In the 60 to 70 age group, the risk is one in 28. In women ages 70 and older, one in 26 is at risk of developing the disease.

From: Risk Factors for Breast Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The American Cancer Society. National Cancer Institute.

Medscape. 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2016

SOURCES: The American Cancer Society. National Cancer Institute.

Medscape. 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2016

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