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How you can reduce your risk

Currently, 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, which equates to over 20,000 diagnosed every year in Australia.

Ageing population, health and lifestyle factors and better detection have all contributed to an increase in breast cancer diagnosis rates, but we know that 1 in 3 cancer diagnoses could be prevented. 

You can reduce your risk of breast cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices and managing modifiable risk factors.

Whilst there are many non-modifiable risk factors, such as family history or breast density that can impact your breast cancer risk, there are certain lifestyle factors that can influence your risk of developing breast cancer.

It’s important to remember there is no single cause of breast cancer: it’s the combination of many factors in any individual that makes up their personal risk for developing breast cancer. We want to encourage people to make informed choices and consider adopting an overall healthy lifestyle approach.

What NBCF is doing to support you

NBCF is committed to achieving our goal of Zero Deaths from breast cancer.

As such, NBCF has implemented a proactive approach to ensure that all our partnerships and activities, including our investments are aligned to our cancer control mission.

By adhering to strict ethical guidelines that promote our core values, we ensure we have the best possible impact on the Australian community.

Approximately 57 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer every day. Yet 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed are potentially preventable. That is why more research is urgently needed in risk and prevention.

NBCF is determined to reach our goal of Zero Deaths from breast cancer. By investing in these specific areas of research, we will uncover ways of decreasing the risk of developing breast cancer. This is why it’s so important that the National Breast Cancer Foundation is able to continue to fund game-changing research.

NBCF reserves the right to return donations that do not align to our cancer control mission.

Considering the following healthy lifestyle choices may help to reduce your risk and maximise your health and wellbeing:


Limit Your Alcohol Intake

Drinking alcohol has been found to increase the risk of breast cancer. The more you drink, the greater the increase in risk.

Maintain a Healthy Weight


Maintaining a healthy weight is important to reduce breast cancer risk, and also reduces the risk of developing other diseases.


Be Active


Being active helps to reduce the risk of breast cancer and is great for overall health and wellbeing. This can be in the form of moderate intensity physical activity (e.g. brisk walking and cycling). Getting at least 30 minutes a day is ideal.

Eat Well

Including certain types of food in your diet may help to minimise breast cancer risk. This includes fibre rich foods and vegetables high in carotenoids like carrots, sweet potato, leafy greens and tomatoes.


Don't Smoke

Not smoking can help to prevent a whole range of diseases. For breast cancer specifically, smoking has been found to increase the risk of breast cancer, particularly in women who start smoking when they are younger or who start smoking many years before having their first child.