How can I help myself?

Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk of breast cancer?

If you have a strong family history of breast cancer please see the family history section of this website.

Breast cancer is very common and usually cannot be prevented. Many factors that affect our risk of breast cancer (such as getting older) are out of our control and their effect cannot be changed.

However, research shows that some things you can do may reduce your risk of getting breast cancer or improve your chance of survival if you do get breast cancer. These include:

  • Keeping a healthy weight
  • Taking regular exercise
  • Reducing your alcohol intake
  • Being breast aware and seeing your doctor early if you notice a breast problem.
  • Eating a healthy diet (avoiding excess sugars, eating regular fruit and vegetables and reducing saturated fats)
  • Stopping smoking

If you are interested in learning more about factors affecting your risk of breast cancer a useful website isĀ

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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