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Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Dr. Zabita Singh is a medical oncologist that treats patients with breast cancer.  Breast cancer risks and prevention are common questions asked by her patients and families.  A risk factor is a characteristic that an individual possess that increases their probability of getting a disease.  Dr. Singh says, “There are well known factors for breast cancer such as a family history, but not all patients have them.  Furthermore, some patients with all several risk factors never develop breast cancer.  For women over 40 that don’t have risk factors for breast cancer, it is typically recommended to have mammography and other recommended screenings for breast cancer once a year or every other year.  Women with certain risk factors may be recommended for more robust and frequent screening.”

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer *

Female Gender


Obesity (especially in post-menopausal age)

Family History of Breast Cancer

Personal History of Breast Cancer

Genetic Markers for Breast Cancer (such as BRCA1 and BRAC2)

Hormone Therapy



Physically Inactivity

High Fat Diet

Late Menopause

Early menarche (first period before 11 years old)

*Note: This is not a complete list of risk factors for breast cancer. Check with your medical provider or breast surgeon before undergoing any treatment or prevention strategy for breast cancer.

Dr. Zabita Singh Ironwood Cancer & Research CentersAbout Zabita Singh, MD

Dr. Zabita Singh joined Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers in April 2019. She attended medical school at UCLA, completed Internal Medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles, and finished a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Harbor-UCLA. She worked at Kaiser Permanente in California for several years before deciding to return to her home state of Arizona. Dr. Singh is board certified in Hematology and Oncology. She specializes in all forms of adult malignancies, including benign and hematologic disorders, and incorporates the use of targeted and immunotherapies. Her goal is to deliver cutting edge medical care with compassion, sincerity, and sensitivity. Dr. Singh accepts patients at our Glendale and Sun City locations. To make an appointment call 623-312-3000.

About Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers

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