But your risk of getting breast cancer is dependent on many factors. Some are related to your genes. Others depend on what happened to you in the womb and growing up, your environment, and how you live your life now. Whatever your susceptibility, you can help yourself by adopting strategies, like maintaining a healthy diet or changing your lifestyle, to give yourself the greatest protection possible.
Although uncommon, men can also develop breast cancer. Several, but not all, risk factors are common to both men and women. Please see here for a link to our background briefing which discusses breast cancer in men.
Last Review: August 2019
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