October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is traditionally a month that we all come together across the world to raise awareness of breast cancer prevention.
Incidence of Breast Cancer in the UK
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK population.
- It represented 15% of all new cancer cases in 2017 and is the most common cancer in women, globally
- In UK women, around 54,700 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2017
- In men, there were around 390 new cases in 2017
- 17% of breast cancers were in women under 50, between 2015-2017
- 24% of breast cancers occurred in women over 75 between 2015-2017
There is no doubt that it has been an extremely tough year for both the charity sector and for us as individuals and this is why Breast Cancer UK is focussing this year’s campaign on how they can help you build resilience. They are empowering you to take control of your health to help you today, as you may be dealing with uncertainty and to help to protect your future health too.
Breast Cancer UK have launched a new breast checking video, Know your breasts with the aim of encouraging you to get to now your breasts, intimately.
As we know early detection can be such a crucial factor so please take the time to watch the video. There is also other information available on how you can reduce your risk.
How is Network She supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Throughout the month of October, we will be sharing with you stories on our health and wellbeing news page, from individuals who support Breast Cancer patients either professionally or personally to women who have suffered with Breast Cancer.