Research has shown that some things can increase your chance of getting breast cancer. These are called "risk factors".
Many different things can contribute to you getting breast cancer – there is not a single cause. However, as we are all different, risk factors will not affect us all in the same way. One person may have many risk factors and not develop breast cancer, while another may have very few and be diagnosed with it.
There are many risk factors for breast cancer – some are things you can do something about and others you cannot.
For some information on ways you can reduce your risk of breast cancer, you can use iPrevent, talk to your doctor or see reducing your risk.
For people at a very high risk of breast cancer, medication such as tamoxifen has shown some benefits in reducing breast cancer risk.
Risk reduction surgery such as prophylactic mastectomy may also be an option for people at very high risk.
There are some things that are associated with reduced breast cancer risk.
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