More than 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK.
How many people develop breast cancer?
More than 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, including around 4,600 in Scotland.
Each year, about 5,500 additional women are diagnosed with an earlier (non-invasive) form of breast cancer, called in situ breast carcinoma. These are confined to a specific area of the breast (usually milk ducts) but may later develop the ability to spread.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the UK.
One in eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.
Around 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK, including around 30 in Scotland.
How many people survive breast cancer?
More women than ever are surviving breast cancer thanks to better awareness, better screening and better treatments. An estimated five out of six women diagnosed with breast cancer in England and Wales survive for at least five years. However, around 1,000 UK women still die of breast cancer every month, including around 85 women in Scotland.
Key facts about breast cancer
For a brief summary of information about breast cancer please see our Breast cancer – the key facts leaflet.
Information last reviewed 3 June 2015
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