Many women know that the number of drinks you have during the week can increase the risk of breast cancer – but that’s not all.
The number of children you have, your diet and any hormonal therapies you take are also factors.
Having more children and breastfeeding will help you lower the risks. However, breastfeeding for more than six months is not considered practical by many women who return to work.
Being overweight and obese are also factors at play, so you need to keep a well balanced diet.
Taking HRT during the menopause has also been shown to increase the risk of developing a cancerous growth.
Cancer Research UK’s head of health, Julie Sharp says: “Women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by cutting down on alcohol, keeping a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet and keeping active.
If you do notice any changes in your breasts including any lumps, changes to your nipples or skin you should seek medical advice straight away.
While it may not be cancer, it is always best to get it checked out.