The breast cancer centre now has a calculator on their website. So you can calculate your risk of getting breast cancer. Of course you could have all the risk factors and never get it. Being a woman is number one. So that sucks. Getting older is another – over 50 increases the risk. Drinking alcohol, not exercising, using contraception, being overweight, all increase your risk. Having a blood relative who has had it doesn't really increase your risk unless they had it when they were young. I think it said 8 or 9 women out of 10 who had breast cancer did not have a relative who had had it. Of course you could have none of the risk factors and still get it. I was thinking about the marathon runner – Kerryn McCann – who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer while preganant. She isn't old, would have excellent diet and exercise habits, doesn't drink alcohol and obviously wasn't using contraception. So the only risk she had was of being a women.
I'm at a moderately increased risk. This is due to alcohol and contraception – Although I've stopped the contraception and am working on cutting back the alcohol. Because it's probaly not worth it in the end. Damn.