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How do other illnesses affect breast cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There are a few illness-related risk factors that can raise your chance of developing breast cancer. If you are overweight or obese, take hormone therapy to fight menopause symptoms, or have had previous radiation treatments of the chest, your risk of breast cancer goes up. However, in most cases, women who get breast cancer have none of these risk factors.

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