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.
  • Breast cancer represented 15% of all new cancer cases in 2017. 
  • There are around 55,000 new cases of breast cancer every year, thats over 150 cases every day.
  • In women, there were 54,700 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.
  • In men, there were 390 new cases in 2017.
  • Breast cancer is now the most common cancer globally.

The growth of breast cancer over the years

Breast cancer in UK women has:

  • increased by 23% between 1993 and 2017. 
  • increased by 5% between 2007 to 2017. 
  • dropped by 4% between 2014 and 2017.

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 an estimated 1 in 7 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.
  • A UK man’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is around 1 in 870.

Breast cancer prevention 

  • The proportion of breast cancer cases that can be prevented is estimated to be between 23%-37%.
  • It is estimated that at least, 13,000 breast cancer cases could be prevention by making lifestyle changes.

Impact of Covid-19 on breast cancer 

  • Nearly 11,000 people in the UK are estimated to be living with undiagnosed breast cancer, due to disruptions caused by Covid-19.   
  • Around 10,600 fewer breast cancer patients have started treatment in England over the past year.  
  • The number of people referred for breast cancer checks fell by more than 20,000 in 2020/21 compared to the previous year. 

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