Breast cancer risk

Lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. What does it mean?

When talking of a lifetime risk for women of developing breast cancer, it can be confusing. Many women over-estimate their risk and it is important to put it into perspective. Put quite simply, the older you get the greater the risk.


Risk up to age Estimated Risk

Risk up to age Estimated Risk
25 1 in 15,000
30 1 in 1,900
40 1 in 200
50 1 in 50
60 1 in 23
70 1 in 15
80 1 in 11
85 1 in 10

All ages lifetime risk 1 in 9

These data represent the overall estimated risk for all women at these ages and include those with a family history of breast cancer.