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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Well a fabulous day today has ended on a spectacularly soggy note for some! Heavy rain, hail and thunder will work northwards overnight!
The Talyllyn runs from Tywyn, near Aberdovey, for more than seven miles to two villages in the south Gwynedd countryside.
Homes in parts of Tonypandy and Llwynypia are without water this evening due to a burst water main at Cilfynydd.