Health Conditions

What is Your Personal Breast Cancer Risk?

About 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. But that number starts to change when you begin looking at the specific factors in any individual woman’s life and family history.

What factors influence a woman’s personal risk of breast cancer?

Age, family history, alcohol use, obesity and reproductive history are all considered when calculating a woman’s personal risk.

The National Cancer Institute has created an interactive online tool to help estimate a woman’s risk of developing invasive breast cancer.

In this Newsy video, Stacy Miller, Genetic Councilor and Dr. Debra Koivunen, Director of Breast Cancer Clinic, both of the University of Missouri Ellis Fischel Cancer Center share insights into what a woman needs to consider when she and her Dr. calculate personal risk.  [Watch video]



“What are the Key Statistics About Breast Cancer?,” American Cancer Society,




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Alison Relyea-Parr

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Alison is the editor and contributor of A UW-Madison graduate, Alison is also an illustrator and educator.