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On these pages you can find out about what breast cancer is, who is at risk, and the signs and symptoms to look out for.
Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to divide and grow in an abnormal way. It is not one single disease – there are several types of breast cancer.
Most breast changes are likely to be normal or due to a benign (not cancer) breast condition rather than being a sign of breast cancer.
Benign (not cancer) breast conditions are very common. Many breast changes will be diagnosed as being a benign breast condition that may or may not need treatment.
Exactly why some people get breast cancer and some don't is not fully understood. Research suggests that breast cancer is caused by a combination of lots of different factors, many of which are beyond our control.
You may be referred to a breast clinic by your GP, or called back to a breast assessment clinic following routine breast screening.
Breast cancer in men is rare. Around 330 men are diagnosed each year in the UK (compared to nearly 58,000 women).
If you have a particular concern about breast cancer or just want to talk, our experts are just at the end of a telephone line.
Simply email any question – big or small – and you can expect a prompt reply from one of our specialist nurses.