Breast canceris the second most common kind of cancer in women.
A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.
The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram can help find breast cancer early and it is then easier to treat.
There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include any change in the size or the shape of the breast, pain in any area of the breast, nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood), and a new lump in the breast or underarm. If you have any signs that worry you, see your doctor right away.
Around 55,200 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year. That is around 150 people a day.
It is more common in women than men. Around 54,800 women are diagnosed each year and around 390 men.
1 in 8 women in the UK develop breast cancer during their lifetime. 1 in 870 men develop it. Most of the women who get breast cancer have had their menopause, but about 2 out of every 10 (20%) are under 50 years old.
Breast cancer risk can be affected by age, family history and lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking.