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Question: What factors place women at intermediate risk for breast cancer?


Factors associated with a 1.2- to 1.5-fold increase in risk include the following:

  • Early menarche or late menopause
  • Oral estrogens
  • History of cancer of the ovary, uterus, or colon
  • Alcoholic beverages (?)
  • Obesity

Reference: Tannock IF, Hill RP (eds): The Basic Science of Oncology, 3rd ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1998.

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