About breast cancer

Facts & figures

UK Breast Cancer statistics

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 2016 and is the most common cancer in women globally.
  • In UK women, around 54,500 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2016.
  • In men, there were around 360 new cases in 2016.
  • 17% of breast cancers were in women under 50  between 2014-16.
  • 24% of breast cancers occurred in women over 75 between  2014-2016.

The growth of breast cancer over the years

Breast cancer in UK women has:

  • increased by 24% between 1993 and 2016;
  • increased by 5% between 2006 to 2016; and
  • dropped by 3% between 2014 and 2016.

Rates for men have remained stable over the past two decades.

The overall risk of getting breast cancer 

  • A woman born after 1960 and living in the UK has a 1 in 7 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.
  • A UK man’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is 1 in 870.

Breast cancer prevention 

  • The proportion of breast cancer cases that can be prevented is estimated to be between 23%-37%.

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