Commenting on new statistics from Cancer Research UK released today (Friday 3 May 2013) showing that breast cancer in women under 50 has exceeded 10000 cases for the first time Tara Beaumont Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care said:

“The increasing incidence of breast cancer in women under 50 reflects the growing incidence overall.

“Though it is not fully understood why the rates of breast cancer in this age group are rising it is extremely encouraging to see a continuation of the downward trend in breast cancer mortality.

“We know from our users that being diagnosed with breast cancer as a younger woman can be an isolating experience and raises specific issues such as the impact on fertility. Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide charity to offer tailored support to younger women through every stage of their breast cancer diagnosis treatment and beyond.

“Prompt detection of breast cancer can lead to more effective treatments so we encourage all women to be breast aware getting to know what is normal for them so they can spot and report any unusual changes to their GP immediately.

“For more information visit breastcancernow.org or call our free confidential helpline on 0808 800 6000.”

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