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Facts about Breast Cancer

  • The number of people being diagnosed with Breast Cancer is increasing, but survival rates are improving!
  • Every year nearly 55,000 people are diagnosed in the UK. That’s the equivalent of 150 people every day or one person every 10 minutes.
  • 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Nearly 12,000 people die from breast cancer in the UK every year.
  • Breast Cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in women in the UK, after lung cancer.
  • The biggest risk factor, after gender, is increasing age – 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.
  • Of adults aged between 25-49, breast cancer accounts for 45% of all female cancers.
  • Breast Cancer also affects men, but it’s rare – around 400 men are diagnosed each year.
  • Breast Cancer is not one single disease; there are several types of Breast Cancer.
  • Less than 10% of all breast cancers run in families, so having someone in your family with breast cancer doesn’t necessarily mean your own risk is increased.
  • Not all breast cancers show as a lump, and not all breast lumps are Breast Cancer.

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