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Prevention and risk

A greater understanding of the risk factors for developing breast cancer will be key to preventing, and ultimately eradicating breast cancer.

Lifestyle factors, such as alcohol intake and being overweight, are known to increase the risk of breast cancer and can be changed (modified) to help reduce breast cancer risk. However, there are also other risk factors that people have no control over (called non-modifiable risk factors), which may affect your breast cancer risk – such as being a woman, getting older, and having a family history of the disease. While non-modifiable risk factors cannot be changed, they do tell us important information about what might cause breast cancer, and provide clues as to who is most at risk and how we might prevent breast cancer from occurring.


The research that we fund

NBCF funds cutting-edge research to deepen our understanding of the different modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors that may contribute to breast cancer development or recurrence. We also fund novel scientific research to develop a variety of approaches to assess and manage breast cancer risk – to ultimately, prevent the development of breast cancer.