Are you worried you may be at risk of breast cancer?
Put the risk factors for breast cancer in perspective – the greatest risk factor for breast cancer is a family history of breast cancer in a close relative.
The next major risk factor for breast cancer is increasing age so that breast cancer under the age of 35 years is much less common than breast cancer after the age of fifty.
Other risk factors such as late menopause, late first birth, HRT use and alcohol consumption are much smaller risk factors for breast cancer.
Did you know that women who consume a low fat diet and women who exercise regularly have a lower risk of breast cancer?
The benefits of low fat diets and regular exercise on heart disease are well publicized but the associated lowered risk of breast cancer is poorly advertised.
See the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre's* Your risk and breast cancer (http://canceraustralia.gov.au/affected-cancer/cancer-types/breast-cancer/your-risk/calculate) for information on evaluating your risk of breast cancer with recommendations on what to do.
* In July 2011, National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre amalgamated with Cancer Australia to form a single national agency, Cancer Australia, to provide leadership in cancer control and improve outcomes for Australians affected by cancer.
Content Updated 18 September, 2012