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Women's health services

Breast cancer risks

The risk of developing breast cancer is different for each woman, depending on lifestyle and personal traits known as risk factors.

The following risk factors are strongly related to the disease:

  • advanced age - the older a woman is the greater her risk
  • family history - mother, sister(s) or daughter(s) who have had breast cancer
  • never having given birth
  • having a first child after age 30
  • early first menstrual period
  • history of benign breast disease that required biopsies
  • certain other pre-existing breast conditions


  • Women ages 20-40 should have a clinical breast exam at least once a year and perform a breast self-exam once a month.

  • Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years.

  • Women who are at higher than average risk of breast cancer should talk with their health care providers about whether to have a mammogram before age 40 and how often to have them.

To schedule your screening mammogram, call 314-525-1300.

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