Preventing breast cancer

Breast cancer - what you should know

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  - The key facts

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.

Protect yourself from breast cancer

There are positive steps you can take to protect yourself against breast cancer. Find out what you can do.

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer

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.

Be breast aware

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

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 67 a free mammogram every two years. 

Support information

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.

Date Last Reviewed: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019