Breast cancer affects one in eight women

4 February 2011

There was an alarming rise in the number of breast cancer cases recorded in the UK between 1999 and 2008, a new study from Cancer Research UK has shown.

According to the charitable organisation, breast cancer diagnosis in the UK leapt by 3.5 per cent during the decade-long period, rising from 42,400 individual cases in 1999 to 47,700 in 2008.

The increase in incidences of breast cancer among women between the ages of 50 and 69 was even more marked, according to the charity's figures, rising by more than six per cent during the ten-year period.

The 50-69 age group is also the most common age at which women are diagnosed with breast cancer - accounting for almost half (48 per cent) of cases.

Around a third of cases were diagnosed in women over 70, while 19 per cent of breast cancer diagnoses were made in women aged 25-49.

In the latter group, there was actually a decrease in breast cancer rates between 1999 and 2008, falling by 0.5 per cent in real terms.

The charity's study was published to coincide with World Cancer Day, which will be marked with events across the globe.

1 "One woman in eight will get breast cancer". Cancer Research UK. Friday, February 4th 2011.

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