Understanding
Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. Each year there are approximately 41,000 new cases in the UK and over one million worldwide.
Although breast cancer is much more common in women, it can also affect men and in the UK approximately 300 men every year develop breast cancer. One in nine women will develop breast cancer at some time in her life.
This booklet covers possible causes, screening and symptoms of breast cancer, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also contains important information to help women cope with the disease.
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