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Reducing your risk of breast cancer

Over a lifetime one in nine women will develop breast cancer. For many, there is no clear reason why they have developed it.

You may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer if you have:

If you're concerned that you have some of the risk factors listed above, talk to your general practice team about whether you qualify for a genetic assessment or more frequent breast cancer screening.

Other risk factors include:

Minor risk factors are:

Reducing your risk

There are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer:

On the next page: Breast screening

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed September 2022.


See also:

Inherited cancer & BRCA genes

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