Facts about breast cancer

Breast cancer rates are rising rapidly

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK.  Incidence rates have risen steadily since records began in the 1970’s.  Today, a woman’s lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is just 1 in 8.    Age standardised incidence rates have risen by 24% in the last ten years.

  • Over 55,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer every year
  • 1 in 5 cases of breast cancer are in women under the age of 50
  • 11,400 people die from breast cancer every year
  • 390 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year
  • 1 in 4 cases is thought to be preventable

More research is urgently needed to help us understand why more women are becoming vulnerable to this terrible disease.    One suggestion is that our increasing exposure to carcinogenic, hazardous and endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals could play a specific role.

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