Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in England and Wales and also the second largest cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer.
- the biggest risk factor, after gender, is increasing age - approximately 81% of breast cancers occur in women over 50
- more people are being diagnosed with cancer but survival rates are improving
- breast cancer also affects men, but is rare - around 400 men are diagnosed each year.
- just over 2,600 women and around 15 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year
- breast cancer is the most common cancer in women
- there were 627 deaths from breast cancer in 2008.
In the UK:
- around 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK. That's one person every 10 minutes
- just under 12,000 people die from breast cancer in the UK every year
- there are an estimated 550.000 people living in the UK today who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer.
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