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All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening.
Women should also be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a health care provider right away.
Being overweight, especially after menopause, or drinking alcohol may add to the risk.
Women who haven’t had children and haven’t breast-fed, and are older when they first give birth – all factors more likely to affect lesbians and bisexual women – are also at a slightly higher risk.
This cancer is more likely in women who have taken estrogen therapy without progesterone, are obese, have never been pregnant, have never taken oral contraceptives, have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or have a family history of Lynch syndrome (also called hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer or HNPCC).
Ovarian cancer is more likely to occur in women as they get older.
Hormone balance plays a part in the development of most endometrial cancers.
If you’re at high risk of colon cancer based on family history or other factors you may need to start testing at a younger age.
Talk to a provider about your risk for colon cancer to know when you should start testing.
Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live at least 10 more years.