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Your risk and breast cancer

Why do women need to know the risk factors for breast cancer?

There are some myths and misconceptions about the things that may increase a woman's chance of developing breast cancer, known as risk factors.

Many women are not aware that your risk of breast cancer increases as you get older or that drinking alcohol and being overweight can increase your risk.

On the other hand, many women mistakenly believe a bump or knock to the breast increases your risk of breast cancer, even though the research does not support this claim.

It is important to separate the fact from the fiction about risk factors for breast cancer. With an understanding of the things that may increase your chance of developing breast cancer, you can take positive steps to reduce your risk.

Am I at increased risk of breast cancer?

To view the evidence about breast cancer risk factors, click here.

From this information we developed Your risk and breast cancer, an online information resource and calculator. With these resources we aim to inform women and help individuals to understand their level of risk for breast cancer.

By answering the questions in the calculator, you will be able to calculate your current risk.

Please note, the risk calculator is intended for use by women who have not had breast or ovarian cancer. Cancer Australia has a website specifically about breast cancer in men, which provides details about risk factors for men.