Breast cancer rise in under-50s

The number of women under the age of 50 who are diagnosed with breast cancer is on the rise, a charity has warned.

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Routine breast cancer screening for under forties

Recent changes to the programme for routine screening for breast cancer will see women in their forties invited, currently the screening is only offered to women aged 50 to 70.

Although breast cancer is more common in older women, it's worrying to see an increase in the number of younger women diagnosed with the disease.

More women than ever are surviving which is great news, however, more women are getting breast cancer and we must invest in vital research for new treatments and disease prevention.

– Chris Askew, chief executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Detecting breast cancer early gives 'best chance'

New figures from Cancer Research UK has shown the number of younger women developing breast cancer is on the rise, despite the disease being more common in older women.

Women of all ages who notice anything different about their breasts, including changes in size, shape or feel, a lump or thickening, nipple discharge or rash, dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin, should see their GP straight away, even if they have attended breast cancer screening.

It's more likely not to be cancer but if it is, detecting it early gives the best chance of successful treatment.

The number of cases in women under 50 diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing slowly, but thanks to research, awareness and improved care more women than ever before are surviving the disease.

– Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK's director of health information

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Charity: Breast cancer on the rise for women under 50

The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 50 is on the rise, a charity has warned.

In the UK 10,068 women under the age of 50 in 2010 were told they had the disease, 2,300 more than the number diagnosed in 1995, Cancer Research UK said.

Breast cancer for under 50s on the rise, charity warns Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

One in five breast cancer cases are now among women under the age of 50, the charity said.

It added that a possible rise in alcohol intake, the use of the contraceptive pill and women having fewer children and in later life could be to blame.

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