October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and every year nearly 60,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with the disease, which is the equivalent to one person being told they have breast cancer every 10 minutes.
Nearly 12,000 die every year, but this also means that 85 per cent of people survive beyond five years due to new medical breakthroughs and catching the signs early. The three main risk factors include being a woman – as breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK – and one in eight women will develop it in their lifetime.
Getting older is also a contributing factor – the older you are, the higher the risk. Eighty per cent of cases occur in women over the age of 50 and it’s statistically shown that this age group who attend routine mammograms never check for signs of cancer outside of their appointments. Also having a significant
family history of the disease can cause cancer. This, however, isn’t common as only five per cent of people diagnosed have inherited a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.
Breast cancer is also prevalent in men, but most men diagnosed with it are over the age of 60.
Find out more at www.breastcancercare.org.uk/awareness-month