Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with around 50,000 women and around 400 men diagnosed each year. It is thought to be caused by a combination of our genes, our lifestyles and life choices, and things in our surrounding environment.
There are steps all women can take to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. Services are also available especially for people with a family history of the disease to help them to manage their risk.
The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chance of beating it. This is why Breakthrough Breast Cancer encourages all women to be breast aware through our Touch Look Check campaign. We also encourage women aged 50 and over to attend free NHS breast screening.
The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer is improving all the time and we are now seeing more women than ever surviving the disease. Five out of six women diagnosed with breast cancer survive for at least five years.