The questionnaire

The questionnaire asks about various factors in a woman’s life that might be connected with risk of breast cancer. These include factors known to be associated with breast cancer, some suspected, and some that are included because they are frequently asked about by women, and give rise to anxiety without an established scientific basis.

The questions asked include ones such as how many children a woman has had, and when her pregnancies happened, whether and when she has reached menopause, and whether she has had breast disease. Questions are also asked, for instance, about work, diet, smoking and drinking.