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Breast cancer overview

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the UK. About 46,000 cases are diagnosed every year. Often, there are no symptoms of breast cancer, but signs of breast cancer can include a breast lump or an abnormal mammogram. Breast cancer stages range from early, curable breast cancer to metastatic breast cancer, with a range of treatments available. In addition, around 300 men in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

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Scotland says no to breast cancer drug

A new treatment for advanced breast cancer has been rejected for use on the NHS in Scotland because the country's health rationing body says its benefits do not match the cost of treatment.

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Breast cancer causes

It is still not clear why some women and men develop breast cancer, but a number of risk factors have been identified.



Women who are told they are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer may never develop it, while others with a lower risk do.



Women will be invited for breast screening from their 50s to check for early signs of breast cancer (invitations will be offered to women form age 47 in the near future). However, women thought to be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer may be screened earlier.

Causes of breast cancer

Among the most significant factors are advancing age and a family history of breast cancer. Risk increases slightly for a woman who has had a benign breast lump and increases significantly for a woman who has previously had cancer of the breast or the ovaries. 

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