In the United States, a woman's risk of breast cancer has increased dramatically over the last century, and today, a woman's lifetime risk is 1 in 8. But that risk isn't equal among all women: some populations are more vulnerable than others, often because of an 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. Here are some of the factors that could have an effect:
Genetics and Family History
Genetics impact breast cancer risk as do environmental exposures—and now we know they act together, too.Learn More
Communities can be polluted by catastrophic exposures or a small, steady stream of pollution.Learn More
Race, Ethnicity and Socioeconomics
Breast cancer risk varies among different ethnic and socioeconomic groups.Learn More
Your work environment can affect your risk of breast cancer.Learn More
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