Facts and Statistics 2016

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Every year nearly 62,000 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

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK

Around 11,400 people die from breast cancer in the UK every year

More than eight out of 10 (87%) people survive breast cancer beyond five years

1 in 7 women aged 50-70 who attend routine mammograms never check their breasts for signs of cancer outside these appointments. 

Breast cancer also affects men, but it’s rare – around 390 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.


For care, support and information, call Breast Cancer Care free on 0808 800 6000

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