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Breast Cancer

About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 50, but younger women can also get breast cancer.

About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected at an early stage.

For this reason, it’s vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes, attend mammographic screenings when invited, and always have any changes examined by a GP.

Find out more about breast cancer in women, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, types of breast cancer, treatment, living with breast cancer and prevention.

In rare cases, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. Find out more about breast cancer in men.

There are many local and national sources of support including:

National organisations

Breast Cancer NowBreast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now became one charity for everyone affected by breast cancer in April 2019, proving information and support as well as funding research.

Macmillan Cancer Support – charity providing information, financial and emotional support from diagnosis, through your treatment and beyond.

Cancer Research UK – charity funding cancer research, develop policy and provide information.

Local support groups (Suffolk)

Local support groups (Essex)

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