Having Children Later In Life
Beyond environmental factors, there are social factors that contribute to Long Island's increased breast cancer risk. One of these risk factors is the age a woman gives birth. According to many well documented studies, having children past the age of 28 increases your risk of having breast cancer. With a faster lifestyle where women are pursuing demanding professional careers, many Long Island women are waiting to give birth into their 30's and some choose to not start a family at all. Unbeknownst to many- this can dramatically impact the odds of getting breast cancer.