By: Erin Moyer Pd. 9
Drinking alcohol and being overweight/obese after menopause has shown to increase risk of breast cancer. Also, exposure to ionizing radiation through procedures such as CT Scans has shown and increased risk of breast cancer. It is also believed that the risk of getting breast cancer can be increased due to menopausal hormone therapy containing estrogen and progestin.
Some abnormal genes can increase the risk of breast cancer and so families with the abnormal genes could potentially pass it down to their children. Though this may frighten some, only 10% of women with breast cancer have inherited an abnormal beast cancer gene.