Preventing breast cancer

The exact cause of breast cancer is unknown, but there are risk factors that can increase your chance of developing the disease. Learn about changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Ireland, after skin cancer. Better treatments mean that more and more people are now living long and full lives after breast cancer. However, the number of cases is rising.  Learn the key facts, how common is breast cancer and what causes breast cancer.
There are positive steps you can take to protect yourself against breast cancer. Find out what you can do.
It is important that every woman is breast aware. To do that you need to know what the signs and symptoms of breast cancer are.
Being breast aware means knowing what is normal for you so that if any unusual change occurs, you will recognise it. Get into the habit of looking at and feeling your breasts from time to time. 
Breast screening means taking a mammogram (X-ray) of your breasts to look for breast cancer. A mammogram can pick up small changes when they are too small to see or feel. BreastCheck, the National Breast Screening Programme, offers all women aged 50 and 64 a free mammogram every two years. 
Anyone who is concerned about breast cancer or cancer in general can speak with a specialist nurse in confidence by calling our Cancer Nurseline on Freefone 1800 200 700. 

Call our Cancer Nurseline

Freephone 1800 200 700 and speak to one of our cancer nurses for confidential advice, support and information. 

It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 6pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm

Date Last Reviewed: 
Monday, June 22, 2015
Date Last Revised: 
Monday, June 22, 2015