You have the power to
get ahead of breast cancer.

AncestryHealth® and Bright Pink® have joined forces to help you understand your inherited risks and take action. The earlier you start and the more you know, the better your chances of making proactive choices for your health and your future.

Access resources, videos, tools, and real stories that go deeper into
the benefits of genetic testing for you and your family.

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Each person’s reaction to their DNA results is unique. Genetic counselors at AncestryHealth® offer tips on how to prepare.

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Did you know?

When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for breast and ovarian cancers can be greater than 92%!

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Going beyond BRCA with the advanced DNA science—and valuable insights—from AncestryHealth®.

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Did you know?

AncestryHealth® can detect up to 80% of the DNA differences linked to the most common forms of inherited breast and colon cancer.

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about Breast Cancer

Bright Pink’s Ginny Ehrlich talks with people who’ve proactively taken charge of their breast cancer risk or are helping others in their fight against it, like the team at AncestryHealth®.

What factors can influence your risk of breast and ovarian cancer?

See what goes into assessing risk and why it matters.*

Your age.

Your risk for breast and ovarian cancer
increases as you age.

Your ancestry.

Your ancestry may be linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

1 in 40 people with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, which carry a high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

Studies show that Black women have a higher risk of aggressive “triple-negative” breast tumors and a higher risk of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations.

How much alcohol you drink.

Research shows up to a 10% increase in breast cancer risk for women who have 1 drink a day—and the risk increased with the amount of alcohol consumed.

The more you drink, the higher your risk, so limit alcohol to no more than one drink per day.

Whether you smoke tobacco.

Recent studies have linked smoking tobacco to an increased risk of ovarian cancer—up to double the average.

Your height and weight.

This information is used to calculate your BMI. A BMI above the healthy range is associated with increased breast cancer risk. Excess fatty tissue produces extra estrogen, which in turn fuels the growth of certain breast cancers.

How much exercise you do.

Regular exercise—breaking a sweat and raising your heart rate for 30+ minutes on most days—may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

Whether you have
dense breast tissue.

You can't see or feel dense breast tissue (more glandular, less fatty tissue)—the only way to find out if you have dense breasts is with a mammogram. Almost half of all women who receive a mammogram have dense breast tissue, but younger women and Black or African American women are more likely to have dense breasts. This type of tissue not only increases risk for breast cancer, but also makes it harder for doctors to spot concerns during a mammogram. If you have dense breasts, your doctor may recommend additional imaging, such as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D mammography).

How old you were when
you got your first period.

Starting your period before age 12 is linked to an increased risk for breast cancer.

Estrogen fuels the growth of certain breast cancers, and the earlier you start your period, the greater your lifetime exposure to this hormone.

Whether you’ve
gone through menopause.

Women who have gone through menopause AND are overweight or obese have a higher risk of breast cancer. There is a clear link between obesity and breast cancer—excess fatty tissue produces extra estrogen, which fuels the growth of certain breast cancers.

Whether you took
birth control pills for five or more years in your 20s or 30s.

Research has shown that using certain types of birth control pills for a total of 5 years in your 20s and 30s can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by up to 50%.

Scientists haven't studied the effects of other methods of hormonal birth control on cancer risk.

Whether you’ve ever given birth, how old you were, and if you breastfed.

Having a baby can reduce ovarian and breast cancer risk—pregnancy prevents ovulation, lowering total lifetime exposure to estrogen, and stabilizing breast tissue.

Some studies have shown that women who have their first pregnancy before age 30 have a lower risk of breast cancer than women who gave birth later or never.

Breastfeeding for 1-2 years reduces episodes of ovulation, which lowers total lifetime exposure to estrogen. This decreases risk of ovarian and breast cancer.

Your personal health history.

Breast cancer, ovarian or fallopian tube cancer, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, tubal ligation, or an abnormal breast biopsy can affect your cancer risk.

Your family health history.

Nothing has a greater effect on a woman’s level of risk than her family history.

Certain cancers diagnosed in your close family members could point to a genetic mutation that increases the risk of developing cancer.

Whether you’ve taken a genetic test, like AncestryHealth® with next-generation sequencing.

5 to 10% of breast cancers and up to 20% of ovarian cancers are caused by inherited genetic mutations.

AncestryHealth® can detect up to 80% of the DNA differences linked to the most common forms of inherited breast cancer.

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* Adapted from Bright Pink’s risk calculator.

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