Risk of developing breast cancer rises to 1 in 8

Added 04/02/2011

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Cancer Research UK, has announced today, on World Cancer Day, that a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer has risen to one in eight, from one in nine. Breast cancer is by far the most common form of cancer hitting women in the UK and it has been on the rise for several years.

On a more positive note, survival rates from breast cancer are continuing to improve with the charities figures showing that almost two out of every three women with breast cancer survive for more than 20 years and more than three-quarters of women with breast cancer survive for at least 10 years.

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There doesn’t seem to be a single clear reason why breast cancer rates have gone up, but Cancer Research UK suggests that lifestyle changes, such as increased levels of obesity and alcohol consumption amongst women, as well as the delay of motherhood could all contribute. The other key thing to keep in mind is the success of screening programmes in recent years, which has led to more cancers being detected.