Breast Cancer Incidence

Cancer is diagnosed in over a quarter of a million people in the UK each year, of which there are over 35,000 new cases of female breast cancer. It is the commonest malignancy to affect women, equating to around 1-2 cases per 2,000 population. Around 3-5% of cases are diagnosed before 40 years of age, around 2% before 35 years.1,2. The incidence is increasing whereas the mortality rate is decreasing. The five-year standardised survival is 66%1,2.