Race, Class, Occupation & Genes
In the United States, a woman’s risk of breast cancer has increased dramatically over the last century, and today, it is estimates that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer. But that risk isn’t equal among all women: Some populations are more vulnerable than others, often because of increased exposure to toxic substances.
Depending on where you live, where you work, your socioeconomic status and your ethnic background, you might have an increased risk for developing breast cancer. Here are some of the factors that could have an influence:
Genetics and Family History
Genetics impact breast cancer risk as do environmental exposures—and now we know they act together, too.Learn More
Agricultural Workers and Communities
Individuals who work or live near agriculture may have high exposures to pesticides, some of which may be linked to breast cancer.Learn More
Immigrants, Migration Studies and Breast Cancer Worldwide
Rates of breast cancer differ across the world, and migration from one county to another can change a woman's risk.Learn More
Communities can be polluted by catastrophic exposures or a small, steady stream of pollution.Learn More
Race, Ethnicity and Class
Breast cancer risk varies among different ethnic and socioeconomic groups.Learn More
Workers and Occupation
Your work environment can affect your risk of breast cancer.Learn More
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