Breast cancer : the worrying statistics

There are roughly 363,000 new cancer cases each year in the United Kingdom. Nearly half of these patients die, with death rates being nearly 162,000 per year. Breast cancer is the top killer among all other cancers in the country, and the statistics behind the disease don’t make for easy reading. An estimated 691,000 are currently living with breast cancer in the U.K, and that number is expected to rise to 840,000 by 2020. More than 54,000 cases are diagnosed each year as well as 11,500 deaths.

Understanding the best ways to tackle this disease is something that is radically changing all the time. New medicines, therapy, methods and technology are being discovered more often than ever. Breast cancer is the most common and aggressive form of cancer in the U.K, and more needs to be done in the fight against it. There are certain measures one can take to try and decrease their risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, including; not smoking, keeping a healthy weight and not drinking. A recent study, published by the BMJ Journal, showed that only 1 in 5 women knew that alcohol consumption could be a very high risk factor for breast cancer, with many thinking that genetics and family history are solely to blame. Although controlling these risk factors can help, genetics and age play a huge part in someone's potential risk of getting breast cancer. At the age of 20 a woman's chance of developing the disease in the next decade is 0.6 percent. By the age of 70 years old, this figure increases to 3.84 percent. There are many who will carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes as it can be passed down through generations. The BRCA2 gene can also be passed down to men. Men of any age can develop the disease, with around 350 men a year being diagnosed in the U.K. 

The Oncology Convention 2020, taking place on the 17th & 18th of March next year, is the best place to network, learn, and see first hand the revolutionary ways to best treat, prevent and detect Cancer. Alongside 150 ground breaking exhibitors, including the likes of Rutherford Cancer Centre and Prostate Cancer UK just to name a few, there is also a wide array of speakers discussing various topics such as reengineering medicine development, surface guided radiotherapy and more in detail at the Oncology Convention (17th & 18th March at the NEC Birmingham). 

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