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18. Younger African-American Women are More at Risk
According to City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, while non-Hispanic white women have higher rates of incidence, African-American women have a higher incidence rate before they turn 40. Sadly, they are more likely to die from it at every age. Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.

19. Breastfeeding Slightly Reduces Risk
According to research, a year or more of breastfeeding may slightly reduce overall risk of breast cancer. It’s estimated at a 4.3 percent reduction for every 12 months of breastfeeding. Since breastfeeding often interrupts periods, women are exposed to less estrogen.  Others credit structural changes in the breast after lactation and weaning.

20. Being Overweight Raises the Risk of Breast Cancer
The risk of being diagnosed with cancer is 1.5 times higher in overweight women after menopause than in lean women. Obese women are at twice the risk of lean women. IF you’re overweight, breast cancers awareness and prevention could save your life.