Facts and statistics

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Every year nearly 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, that’s the equivalent of one person every 10 minutes

1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime

1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in women in the UK

Nearly 12,000 people die from breast cancer in the UK every year

Breast cancer also affects men, but it’s rare – around 400 men are diagnosed each year.

The three main risk factors:

1. Gender - being a woman is the biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer.

2. Getting older - the older the person the higher the risk, more than 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the

age of 50. Most men who get breast cancer are over 60.

3. Significant family history – this isn’t common, around 5% of people diagnosed with breast cancer have inherited a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

 

More than eight out of 10 (85%) people survive breast cancer beyond five years.

For free, confidential support and information visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call our Helpline on 0808 800 6000.

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