Anyone can be affected by breast cancer. But the sooner it’s found, the more successful treatment is likely to be. We’re working to raise awareness of breast cancer within diverse communities across the UK, and here you’ll find a range of information and resources on breast cancer in relation to ethnicity. Moving forward, we aim to build out this hub with more tailored resources, insight and information, as well as sharing real stories from people of diverse backgrounds and communities.
Raising awareness of breast cancer within diverse communities
In the UK, breast cancer incidence rates are lower in people from ethnically diverse backgrounds including South Asian, black, Chinese, and mixed groups when compared to white people. However, people from these backgrounds experience differences in breast screening attendance, the stage and age of diagnosis, survival outcomes, and experiences of care and treatment.
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Women from ethnically diverse backgrounds experience differences in breast screening attendance, the stage and age of diagnosis, survival outcomes, and experiences of care and treatment when compared to white women.
There are plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding breast cancer. Our know your breasts guide is available in 11 languages, and explains what changes to look and feel for and what to do if you find any new or unusual changes.
When Moke was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, she was committed to keeping her positive attitude - even when she faced complications in treatment.
Lorraine’s initial breast cancer symptoms were not what she expected, so she didn’t see her doctor. When she was eventually diagnosed, she worried it was too late for treatment.
Breast cancer has been in Bami’s life ever since her mother was diagnosed. She uses her experience to make others aware of symptoms.
I came to understand that there is this taboo about cancer within certain communities.
Download the signs of breast cancer – available in five different skin tones
Check all parts of your breasts, your armpits and up to your collarbone (upper chest) for any changes.
On its own pain in your breasts is not usually a sign of cancer. But look out for pain in your breast or armpit that's there all or almost all of the time.
There are many reasons why someone might not check their breasts but doing so could make all the difference.
We’re here for anyone affected by breast cancer
If you're living with breast cancer yourself or supporting a loved one who is, we're here. Whether you want to speak to our nurses, join a course, or meet other people who understand what you're going through, our free services are always with you.