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.
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 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.
By knowing how to check your breasts and performing monthly breast self-exams, you will be able to more easily identify any changes in your breasts as soon as they occur. When checking your breasts for signs of breast cancer, look out for:
Remember! Not all breast cancers show as a lump, and not all breast lumps are signs of breast cancer.
Most changes in your breast will likely to be normal, but if you notice a changes or you must go and see your GP as soon as you can.
Many people think that if they have breast cancer they will have other symptoms alongside a breast change (such as feeling tired, having less energy or losing weight) but this is not the case. If you do notice a change, it’s important to visit your GP.
Breast cancer in men is much less common than breast cancer in women, affecting just one in every 100,000 men in the UK.
The cancer develops in the small amount of breast tissue men have behind their nipples. The most common symptom is a hard, painless lump in one of the breasts.
However, it is important to note that the vast majority of breast lumps are due to a condition called gynaecomastia.
This is a common, non-cancerous condition where male breast tissue becomes enlarged.