Breast cancer creates fear

Breast cancer is the most common cancer with around 55,000 women and 370 men diagnosed every year in the UK – that’s one woman every 10 minutes and one man every day.

Although we continue to make progress, we still lose far too many people we love to breast cancer.  Nearly 1,000 lives are lost every month from the disease and hundreds of thousands more need our help and support to deal with the physical and emotional impact.

We see hope

We see hope through funding research, providing caring support and information and campaigning on the issues that will make the biggest impact. We are building a clearer view of what still needs to be done and the gaps we need to fill. Our aim is that by 2050 everyone diagnosed with breast cancer lives and lives well.

We can only do all this if we all act now. Every pound, every hour, every action will help us to get there.

Going through treatment, it’s all about the next appointment, and the next appointment. Then suddenly, that drops off and it’s like ‘we’re not going to see you anymore’. I had no idea what I was meant to do. Then there’s the fear; how long is the cancer staying away, the fear of it coming back, what will I do if it comes back?

Anna, Didcot, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014

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We work with almost 340 of the brightest minds in breast cancer research. We’re discovering how we can prevent breast cancer, diagnose it sooner, find more effective and kinder treatments and stop it taking lives. Our world-class research gives us the power to drive forward progress.

To date, we’ve invested £230 million in breast cancer research. And we’re not about to stop. Right now, we’re funding around 80 cutting-edge projects worth just over £26 million.


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We want everyone diagnosed with breast cancer to get the support they need. Our breast care nurses, staff and volunteers are dedicated to helping with the physical and emotional impacts of the disease.

Across the UK, our specialist support services are being used more than ever. We’re here for anyone affected by breast cancer. And we always will be.

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