There are many factors that can increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer. Being female, increasing age and family history are the main risk factors for breast cancer.
Advice about familial aspects of breast and ovarian cancer: a guide for health professionals
Publication date: February 2006
An National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre* guide for health professionals, including GPs, that can be used to assess a woman’s risk of breast cancer and epithelial ovarian cancer.
Other information on this topic
Breast cancer risk factors - a review of the evidence
Publication date: 2009
Cancer Australia position statement – Hormone replacement therapy and risk of breast cancer
Publication date: July 2008
Cancer Australia position statement – Risk of invasive breast cancer in women exposed to diethylstilbestrol in utero: A review of the evidence
Publication date: February 2008; evidence to December 2006