There are some risk factors that you can change. It’s important for you to understand these, as it may help you make some risk-reducing lifestyle changes. You can then also talk with your doctor about the surveillance and screening that is appropriate for you.
Unfortunately, you have no control over these risk factors. It’s still important to be aware of them, so you can talk to your doctor about the surveillance and screening you need.
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It’s less common than most people think – only 5-10% of all breast cancers are hereditary. Around 8 out of 10 women who get breast cancer don’t have any family history of the disease. Most breast cancers are sporadic, which means they occurred by chance or due to factors other than an inherited mutation.
Should you be tested?
If you have breast or ovarian cancer in your family, you might need to be referred for genetic testing. Find out what your level of inherited risk is.
Inherited risk FAQs
Everything you need to know about breast cancer in families.
Your family risk
If you have a confirmed cancer-causing genetic mutation, you may want to discuss these risk-reducing options with your doctor.