Your Risk Factors
Your Breasts (Men)
Breast Cancer Risk Factors
- Age increases the risk of breast cancer.
- Having the BRCA2 or BRCA1 gene mutation, or having a close relative with the mutation, raises a man’s lifetime risk from about 1 percent to about 7 percent.
- Having a family history of breast cancer—especially if it was diagnosed at age 40 or younger.
- Radiation exposure.
- Increased estrogen levels, from heavy alcohol use, cirrhosis or Klinefelter syndrome.
- Practice early detection. Learn to examine your breasts every month and ask your health professional to include a breast exam in your annual doc-chec.