Risks and causes

Find out about what can increase or reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Risk factors

Factors that increase the risk of breast cancer include getting older and inherited faulty genes. Read about these and other risk factors.

Protective factors

Some factors can help to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Family history of breast cancer and inherited genes

Some people have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than the general population because other members of their family have had particular cancers. Find out more.

Last reviewed: 
07 Feb 2020
Coronavirus and cancer

We know it’s a worrying time for people with cancer, we have information to help.

Read our information about coronavirus and cancer