Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK. More than 100 women are diagnosed with the disease every day.
The risk of breast cancer increases with age. Four out of five cases occur after the age of 50. In the UK women aged between 50 and 64 are offered screening for breast cancer every three years – it is important to attend screening whenever you are invited.
- Examine your breasts regularly.
- Get to know their normal look and feel.
- Look out for any lumps, dimpling, thickening or change in shape and size.
- Attend free breast screening if you are between 50 and 70 years old and if you notice any changes contact your GP straight away.
More women survive breast cancer today thanks to earlier detection and better treatments. But it is a common disease and the number of cases is rising. For more information please visit the Cancer Research UK website.
Breast Cancer in Men
Male breast cancer is very rare. There are about 300 men diagnosed each year in the UK, compared with more than 45,500 cases of breast cancer in women. That’s about one man for every 140 women diagnosed. However it does mean that men do get breast cancer and so awareness is very important. For more information please visit the Cancer Research UK website.