Family history is only one risk factor for breast cancer. Approximately 70% of the women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. Women who do have a family history of breast cancer are about six times more at risk. Statistics can often create a great deal of confusion and anxiety—lulling some women into a fall sense of security while triggering unfounded alarm in others. All women, regardless of their family history need to understand the risks. While there are some known risks associated with some disease—like smoking and lunch cancer, risk factors are far more ambiguous when it comes to breast cancer. Scientists are continually evaluating studies on links with genetics, diet, pesticides, hormone use, etc. The key is to not allow yourself to be consumed with worry. Keep a positive attitude and be diligent about monitoring your breasts, staying current with self-exams and mammograms.