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Know the facts

Every woman wants to know the facts about risk of breast cancer.  It is the most common cancer in women in Australia.

All women are at risk of developing breast cancer. However while some of the factors associated with breast cancer - being a woman, getting older and family history, for example - can't be changed, the good news is that nearly a quarter of all breast cancers are potentially preventable.

On this website you can find out what the evidence says about factors affecting risk for women who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer - including factors that increase risk, factors that protect against risk, factors you can change or modify, and factors which are unproven or unlikely.  

You can explore around 70 factors, including personal factors, family history and genetic factors, reproductive factors, lifestyle factors, medical history and medications and environmental factors.

Importantly, you can find out what you can do to reduce your risk as part of everyday life.

Remember, having one or more risk factors for breast cancer does not mean that you will get breast cancer. Many women have at least one risk factor but will never develop breast cancer, while others with breast cancer may have had no known risk factors.

So let’s go!