Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

on Monday, 19 September 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Breastcancerawarenessmonth, CancerCare, cancersupport, northlancashire, southlakeland

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness month so team CancerCare will be leading the local campaign across North Lancashire & South Lakeland.

As Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK it’s no surprise that CancerCare see’s hundreds of clients every year who have been affected, whether as a patient themselves or a family member supporting someone with the disease. And, although survival rates from the disease and breast cancer treatments are improving, many people are still being diagnosed too late.

Breast cancer in numbers…

  • Nearly 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK every year – that’s the equivalent of one person every 10 minutes
    1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime
    1 in 3 women who get breast aged 70 or over but it can affect anyone of any age
    Although rare, round 5,000 women under the age of 45 are diagnosed every year
    Breast cancer also affects men with around 340 men diagnosed each year
    Early diagnosis of breast cancer offers the best chance of successful treatment with more than eight out of 10 (85%) people now surviving beyond five years after diagnosis.
    Most breast cancers are discovered through self-checking however, it is thought that just 1 in 3 people check their breasts on a regular basis and many more do not know how to check or what to look out for
  • (stats: Breast Cancer Care)

So, this October, CancerCare will be encouraging as many local men and women as possible to spend a bit of time getting to know their bodies & boobies that little bit better so we can all be more alert to future changes. It’s really easy – we promise!
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