It could be your mom, your sister, your aunt, your cousin or you. About 7% of women with breast cancer are diagnosed before they turn 40.
Know that you’re not part of the 7% by taking action. Start simple by assessing your risk.
Common risk factors include:
a personal history of invasive breast cancer (DCIS or LCIS)
a strong family history of breast cancer, you may have an inherited gene mutation (such as BRCA1)
age of first period
number of past breast biopsies
race and ethnicity
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has a list of factors you can use to assess your personal risk. The National Cancer Institute also has an interactive Risk Assessment Tool to calculate your risk.
No risk assessment tool is perfect. The only way to know if you have breast cancer is to get screened.