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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.
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.
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.
Benign (not cancer) breast conditions are very common and most breast changes are not cancer.
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.
It's natural to have concerns if you’ve been referred to a breast clinic or recalled following routine breast screening. Read more about your breast clinic appointment.
Breast cancer in men is rare. Around 340 men are diagnosed each year in the UK (compared to nearly 60,000 women).
If you have a query about breast cancer or breast health, just want to talk things through or find more support, our experts are only 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.