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Risk & Prevention

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia.

Its incidence is increasing.

If you’re a woman and you live to the age of 85, your risk of getting breast cancer over your lifetime is 1 in 8, or about 12.5 per cent.

There are many factors that contribute to an individual’s chance of developing breast cancer over another’s. Some are risks we can reduce based on lifestyle factors. Other risks, like being a woman and getting older, are ones we have no control over.

Breast cancer risk factors you can’t change

Family history, high breast density and ethnicity are just some of the contributors to breast cancer risk.

Ways to reduce breast cancer risk

Learn more about how healthy choices can reduce your chance of breast cancer (and many other diseases).

Breast density

Almost eight per cent of women have extremely high breast density which increases their cancer risk and can make it harder for health professionals to detect breast cancer on a screening mammogram. Dense breasts have less fatty tissue and more non-f ...