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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There will be a number of road closures in place in Cardiff today as the British Speedway Grand Prix returns to the Welsh Capital.
Today will be a day of often heavy showers, with the risk of hail and thunder.
Heavy rain and strong winds will clear eastwards through this evening. However, scattered heavy showers will return in the southwest later.