About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK

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Nearly 48,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK
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Around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK
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Breast cancer accounts for nearly 1 in 3 of all cancers in women in the UK
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1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime
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Over 80% of breast cancers in the UK occur in women over 50 years of age
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More people are surviving breast cancer than ever before. Over 80% of women with breast cancer are still alive five years after diagnosis.
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The most recent estimate suggests over half a million women are alive in the UK having had a diagnosis of breast cancer

Are you breast aware?


Know what is normal for you


Look and feel your breasts (upper chest and armpits too)


Know what changes to look for (see signs and symptoms)


Report any changes without delay to your GP


Make sure you attend breast screening if you’re 50 or over

Spotting breast cancer early can save lives

What should you be looking for?

  • lumps or thickening of breast tissue
  • continuous pain in a breast or armpit
  • one breast becoming larger or lower
  • puckering or dimpling of the skin
  • nipples becoming inverted (turned in), changing shape or position
  • nipples developing a rash, crusting or producing discharge
  • swelling under the armpits or around the collarbone.

If you notice any change to your breast, you should make an appointment to see your doctor straight away. You may not have cancer, but if you do, being diagnosed and treated at an early stage may mean that you are more likely to survive breast cancer.

How to Spot Breast Cancer