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.
Statistics, however, often can create a great deal of confusion and anxiety ó lulling some women into a false sense of security, while triggering unfounded alarm in others. All women, regardless of their family history, need to understand the risks.
Although there are some known risks associated with some diseases (like smoking and lung cancer), risk factors are far more ambiguous when it comes to breast cancer. Scientists continually are evaluating studies on known and possible risk factors including genetics, diet, lifetime exposure to estrogen, exposure to pesticides, etc.
You can take charge of maintaining breast health. Be diligent about monitoring the health of your breasts and staying current with self breast exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms.
The key is to not allow yourself to be consumed with worry. A healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude are great contributors to wellness.