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Team Shan
18 Beechwood Path
Huntsville, ON
P1H 1S8

risk factors

uncontrollable risks
  • being female
  • increased age
  • born in North America or Northern Europe
  • strong family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer
  • genetic mutations (e.g., BRCA1, BRCA2)
  • early menstruation (under 12 yrs old)
  • previous biopsy showing pre-cancerous breast changes
  • high levels of radiation exposure to the chest
  • African heritage

controllable risks

  • alcohol misuse
  • tobacco use
  • exposure to second hand smoke
  • physical inactivity
  • poor diet
  • unhealthy weight
  • use of birth control pills
  • having no children or
  • delayed childbirth
  • never breastfeeding your baby


  • inform your health care provider of known risk factors
  • discuss any family history of breast cancer with your health care provider

assess your risk

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