Get to know your breasts
Many of us are aware of Pink Ribbon Day and October’s International Breast Cancer Awareness month, yet few people understand the facts which surround breast cancer’s detection and treatment.
Whilst breast cancer is relatively common – affecting 1 in 8 women – a false perception exists that treatments are always successful. Every day, 40 women will be diagnosed with the disease – and over 15,000 a year. In 2016, 3,000 women died.
How does it develop and who is at risk?
Although young women can be at risk of developing breast cancer, in 75% of cases it develops in women over 50 – with the ages between 50 and 74 being the highest risk group. Whilst certain forms of breast cancer can be hereditary, 90% of women who develop it in fact have no family history of the disease.