ABOUT BREAST CANCER
- 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
WORKING WITH CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Cardiff University/European Cancer Stem Cell Research InstituteThanks to the support of Breast Cancer Research Aid, scientists here at Cardiff University’s European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute are able to carry out world-leading research which has the potential to revolutionise the way we tackle cancer. By improving our understanding of how and why different cancers grow and spread, we aim to develop new and effective therapies which will make a real difference to the lives of cancer patients - and your support will help us to get there faster.
THE INSTITUTE OF CANCER RESEARCH (ICR), LONDONBreast Cancer Research Aid’s support of the work carried out at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, helps ensure discoveries made in our laboratories lead to new treatments for breast cancer. At the ICR we discover new cancer drugs and combination therapies. We uncover new insights into the causes of breast cancer and how it becomes resistant to treatment, and we develop novel ways to image tumours. But to embark on our innovative research, we need your support. This is where Breast Cancer Research Aid plays such an important role. Through your funding, our scientists are able to continue their research with access to the latest technology and cutting-edge infrastructure. This will allow them to continue making significant steps towards improving the lives of breast cancer patients around the world.