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While all women are at risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer over their lifetimes, some women have an extra risk, often because of factors beyond their control. The Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention can help you understand your own risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. A realistic understanding can help you plan how you want to manage that risk.
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You may face a higher risk of breast or ovarian cancer if your first pregnancy came at a late age or if your menstrual cycles began at an early age. You may also have an elevated risk if your blood levels of female hormones remain high after menopause, or if you used hormone replacement therapy for a long period of time after menopause.
If you have close relatives who developed breast and/or ovarian cancer at young ages, you may have an increased risk as well, especially if you or a relative carries a breast/ovarian cancer gene. Unfortunately, it is also possible to develop breast and/or ovarian cancer without having any of the above risk factors. The Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention can help you understand your own risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
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