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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