Breast cancer


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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, so you'll almost certainly know of someone who has been through it - or may even have been diagnosed yourself.


\c-wordAs part of our 'C' Word campaign, we asked for your questions about breast cancer and experts from Breast Cancer Care and Breakthrough Breast Cancer answered you questions on the following topics:



Most breast changes are likely to be normal and not a sign of breast cancer. But you do need to find out what's causing the change - so see your GP as soon as possible.

Did you know:
  • One person every 11 minutes is diagnosed with breast cancer
  • 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50
  • 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer in England and Wales will survive for at least five years
  • Breast cancer also affects men, though it's rare – around 300 men are diagnosed each year

Join the Q&A to find out more

Be Breast Aware

More women than ever in the UK are surviving breast cancer, thanks to better awareness, better screening and better treatments – but it's vital that we check our breasts regularly, and know what to look out for. Breast cancer is still the second biggest cause of death from cancer for women in the UK, with over 12,000 people dying each year.

Who's on our Q&A team?

Catherine Priestley is a clinical nurse specialist in primary breast cancer at Breast Cancer Care. She'll be answering your questions with the help of the Breast Cancer Care nursing team, which includes specialists in breast cancer in younger women, secondary breast cancer, family history and breast health.

Dr Caitlin Palframan helps provide the evidence that underpins Breakthrough Breast Cancer's work: she can answer questions on a wide range of subjects, including the factors that influence a woman's risk of developing breast cancer; breast cancer services and treatments; genetics and family history; and how to be breast aware.

Dr Farah Rehman
, from the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre, is currently working on how to make a new class of drug called PARP inhibitors more effective for people with breast cancer. She can answer questions about breast cancer research and the latest developments in treatment.

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Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care offers a friendly ear and expert advice at their information-packed website, as well as a range of confidential, face-to-face services, helping people every step of the way.

Their specialist areas include breast cancer in pregnancy, secondary breast cancer, family history, breast health and breast cancer treatments – so whether you're worried about your own symptoms or family history, or you need support through the treatment that you, your mum or your sister is going through: Breast Cancer Care is there for you.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Breakthrough Breast Cancer established the UK's first dedicated breast cancer research centre and recently opened three additional research units, dedicated to finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease. Breakthrough also campaigns to ensure all women have access to the best possible breast cancer treatments and services, and to ensure all of us understand the importance of being breast aware with their Touch, Look, Check (TLC) message.

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