NEWS: New figures reveal hike in breast cancer cases | Breast Cancer UK

NEWS: New figures reveal hike in breast cancer cases

Published 27 May 2016

Breast Cancer UK (1) has called for urgent action, after latest figures reveal another increase in incidence rates amongst both men and women in England in 2014. 

Figures published today (2) show that breast cancer was again the most common cancer diagnosed in England with 46,417 cases registered in 2014; 46,085 of which were registered to women.  Breast cancer accounts for 31.6% of total female cancer registrations and the number of cases has risen by 10% since 2010. 

Of even greater concern is another rise in the age standardised rate for breast cancer from 169.8 per 100,000 in 2013 to 173.4 per 100,000 in 2014. 

Lynn Ladbrook, CEO of Breast Cancer UK warned “These latest figures are a stark reminder that we are failing to prevent breast cancer.  Year after year incidence rates for breast cancer increase yet still too little attention is given to the urgent question of how we can stop this trend. 

It is time to adopt a different approach. It is time to properly address all of the risk factors for breast cancer, invest more in properly understanding what is making us more vulnerable to this disease and to focus on primary prevention - not just treating the symptoms.”

Breast Cancer UK has called for a cancer strategy that prioritises the primary prevention of cancer that is based upon a comprehensive understanding of all of the causes of cancer, goes beyond lifestyle and genetics and acknowledges the role of harmful chemicals (3)


For further information press contacts:

Lynn Ladbrook, Chief Executive - 07786 393181

Louise Bowers, Communications Manager - 07930 854 527


Notes to Editors

1. Breast Cancer UK works to save lives and reduce breast cancer rates by tackling the environmental and chemical causes of the disease.  For more information on how to reduce your risk of chemical exposure, or how harmful chemicals are linked to breast cancer please visit our website:

2. Cancer Registration Statistics, England: 2014:  accessed 270516

3. Breast Cancer UK’s submission to the Cancer strategy 

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