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Breast cancer

Three womenThis page provides information for women, their partners and families about breast cancer. 

About breast cancer

The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Breast cancer is most common in women over the age of 50 who have been through the menopause.

All women who are 50-70 years of age will be invited to attend hospital to be screened for breast cancer every 3 years as part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme. Attending screening is really important as detecting breast cancer breast cancer means there’s a much higher chance of a woman making a full recovery. Women over the age of 70 are still eligible to be screened and should speak to their GP or local screening unit about this.

Being diagnosed with cancer, and the treatment that follows, can be a very difficult thing to cope with. The support of family, friends, healthcare professionals and other people who have had a similar experience, can be hugely helpful during this time. As well as information about diagnosis, treatment and management of breast cancer, some of the organisations linked to below provide information about accessing emotional support.

Thhe links below provide more information about breast cancer:

  • Breast Cancer Care
    Information and support about breast cancer
  • Breast Cancer Now
    Includes information about causes, signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer
  • Cancer Research UK
    Includes information about diagnosing, treating and living with breast cancer
  • Macmillan
    Help and support for people affected by breast cancer
  • NHS Choices
    Includes information about symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and living with breast cancer
  • Women’s Health Concern
    Factsheet focusing on risk factors for breast cancer

Preventing breast cancer cancers

Leading a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent cancers. During and after menopause is no different. NHS Choices provides general healthy lifestyle information, tips and support to help you reduce the risk of cancer.

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