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Breast Cancer Facts

Facts about Breast Cancer

  • An estimated 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK. Around 350 men are also diagnosed with the disease annually.
  • Survival rates have improved dramatically in the last 20 years, but there are still around 12,000 deaths from breast cancer every year – that is one woman every 45 minutes.
  • Around 20 different types of cancer originating in breast tissue have been identified, making research into the disease all the more complex. Abnormal cells grow and multiply in an uncontrolled way to form a lump, or tumour.
  • Breast cancer cells frequently migrate to other parts of the body, including bones, the lungs, the liver and the brain, where they cause secondary breast cancer.
  • Most breast cancers are first found by women noticing unusual changes in breast tissue and taking the initiative by visiting their doctor’s surgery.
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Breast Cancer Now

  • Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity. It was formed through the merger of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign.
  • The charity has a vision that, by 2050, everyone diagnosed with the disease will live, but this will only be achieved by the continued funding of research.
  • Breast Cancer Now funds breast cancer research worth almost £24m every year. It currently supports 450 cancer scientists with 90 research grants.
  • The charity’s research aims to prevent breast cancer, detect it earlier, and treat it more effectively, increasing survival rates.
  • Breast Cancer Now also campaigns to increase access to life-saving and life-extending drugs currently unavailable through the NHS.

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