Causes and risk factors

The exact cause of breast cancer is unknown. But certain things called risk factors can increase a woman’s chances of developing it.

  • Potential causes of breast cancer

    Find out about what can increase your risk of getting cancer, what to look out for and the changes you could make to reduce your risk.

  • Family history

    Some cancers can be related to the genes that were passed down from your parents.

  • Genetic testing and counselling

    You might be offered the chance to test for some genetic conditions. It's important to understand what might happen and the effect any possible results might have.

  • Pre-cancerous conditions

    Pre-cancerous conditions are diseases or syndromes that might develop into a cancer, so it’s important to monitor your health.

  • Risk-reducing breast surgery

    If you have an increased risk of breast cancer you might be offered surgery to reduce the risk.