Helping to understand risk:
There are ways to reduce your risk.
All women are at risk for getting breast cancer. As you get older, your risk increases.
Assuming you live to age 90, your risk of getting breast cancer over your lifetime is about 12%.
That might sound scary, because it means that an average of about 1 out of every 7 women will get breast cancer over a 90-year life span.
You can also look at it another way: A 12% risk means there’s an 88% chance that you WON’T get breast cancer.
Visit the National Cancer Institute (NCI) web site for a useful interactive tool that estimates your risk of invasive breast cancer.
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