October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Yn Gymraeg // Welsh version

October is a month that’s very important in our calendars asit’s the month where Breast Cancer Awareness takes place.

Every year nearly 50,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK,that’s the equivalent of one person every 10 minutes.

1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in women inthe UK. Nearly 12,000 people die from breast cancer in the UK every year.

Breast cancer also affects men, but it’s rare. Around 350 men are diagnosed eachyear.

More than eight out of ten (that’s 85%) people survive breast cancer beyondfive years.

The three main risk factors are:

Gender.
Being a woman is the biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer.

Getting older.
The older the person the higher the risk, more than 80% of breast cancers occurin women over the age of 50. Most men who get breast cancer are over the age of60.

Significant family history.
This isn’t common, around 5% of people diagnosed with breast cancer haveinherited a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

The month has many celebrity supporters including:

Geri Halliwell
Vanessa Feltz
Alexandra Burke
Patsy Kensit
Lisa Snowdon

Get involved today and support Breast Cancer Awareness month – you can findmore information here:

www.breastcancercare.org.uk/breastawareness

http://www.breastcancercampaign.org/support-us/breast-cancer-awareness-month-2014

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