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Reducing your risk of breast cancer

In the general population approximately 1 in 8 or 12.5% of women will develop breast cancer. There are several factors which determine a woman’s risk of breast cancer which include: hormonal factors, age, lifestyle choices, family history, and inherited genetic mutations. By assessing these factors it is possible to estimate a woman's risk of breast cancer. Women with an estimated lifetime risk of breast cancer over 17% have an increased risk of breast cancer and should be offered extra breast screening.

How do I know if I am at increased risk of hereditary breast cancer?

Families with hereditary breast cancer usually show one or more of the following signs:

  • Several close relatives with breast cancer
  • Breast cancer diagnosed before the age of 45
  • Triple negative breast cancer (cancer which does not respond to hormones)
  • Bilateral breast cancer (cancer in both breasts)
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Increased frequencies of other cancers such as prostate and pancreatic cancer
  • Male breast cancer
  • Jewish ancestry

Women at increased risk of breast cancer have several options:

  • Increased breast cancer screening: usually with mammograms but possibly also with breast MRI
  • Medication to lower the risk of breast cancer, known as chemoprevention 
  • Risk reducing surgery (mastectomy) for those at high risk

Book an initial 1 hour consultation for only £150 and find out if you are at risk

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Individuals with a family history of cancer often question:

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Am I at risk?
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Are my children at risk?
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What can I do to detect or reduce my risk of cancer?
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