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Published Oct 5, 2017 at 12:00pm

Being a woman is the leading risk factor for breast cancer. Only skin cancers exceed breast cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. Although roughly one in 1,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, the disease most often affects women.

The American Breast Cancer Society says that breast cancer is 100 times more common in women than men. A woman now has a one in eight chance of being diagnosed in her lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. Although some breast cancers are traced to inherited gene mutations, 85 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no prior family history. Non-Hispanic white women have higher rates of breast cancer incidence, but all women are susceptible. This underscores the importance of being aware of the disease, following recommended screening guidelines and taking notice of any changes that occur in the breasts.