Published: Aug. 22, 2011
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011
Scientists at Duke are studying the causes of breast cancer to learn more about risk factors and ways of preventing this disease.
At present, the exact causes of breast cancer are not known. However, studies show that the risk of breast cancer increases as a woman gets older.
This disease is very uncommon in women under age 35. Most breast cancers occur in women over 50, and the risk is especially high for women over 60. Also, breast cancer occurs more often in white women than African-American or Asian women.
Certain conditions or exposures can increase your risk of getting breast cancer. Even if you don’t have any of the common risk factors, you may still be at some risk of having cancer in the future.
Risk factors include:
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