• Breast cancer is the most common type cancer in the UK
  • It accounts for 15% of all new cases of cancer in the UK
  • Breast cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in the UK.
  • There were 11,433 deaths from breast cancer in 2014 in the UK
  • 78% of women with breast cancer survive for 10 years or more
  • 1 in 8 women and 1 in 870 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime*

Non-invasive breast cancer is found in the ducts of the breast and isn’t able to spread outside of the breast. Invasive breast cancer is able to spread to other parts of the body. Metastatic or advanced breast cancer is when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. This type of cancer isn’t curable and so the aim of treatment is symptom relief (remission).

If breast cancer is detected early, if can be treated before it spreads to other parts of the body. It is usually treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The risk of breast cancer increases with age and so all women aged between 50 and 70 years old are eligible for breast cancer screening every three years.

*Statistics from Cancer Research UK

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