Am I at risk?

Headlines on breast cancer ‘causes’, or ‘breast cancer is linked to…’ stories are frequently in the news, but when you look behind the headlines the true story can be very different.

Some news stories about breast cancer risk are based on limited or questionable research, or involve only a small number of people. Sometimes the results are exaggerated or reported in a misleading way and the increase in risk – if proved at all – is very small.

If a breast cancer risk story worries you, finding out more about the research behind the headline can help you decide what that risk means to you. The NHS website looks at the facts behind the headlines. You can also call 0808 800 6000 to talk to us about any breast cancer risk story that concerns you.

Last reviewed: February 2015
Next planned review begins February 2017

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Please note that we cannot respond to comments. If you have any questions about breast cancer please contact the Helpline on 0808 800 6000.