October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday October 13th 2016

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So if you do one thing today then show this to someone you care about.

Some facts and figures about Breast Cancer.

– Every year nearly 60,000 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

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

– More than eight out of 10 (85%) 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 340 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 800 600 or have a look at www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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