Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for almost a third of new cancer cases in females. Cancer Research UK reports their latest statistics revealed that in 2010, there were 10,000 new cases diagnosed among women aged under the age of 50. This is an 11% increase from 15 years previously in 1995 when there were 7,700 cases of breast cancer diagnosed among women in this age group.
20% of breast cancers are now diagnosed in women aged under 50. 48% of breast cancers are diagnosed in women between the ages of 50–69 the age group currently invited for breast cancer screening. However, the rise in the number of breast cancer cases is not only limited to those aged under 50. Since the 1970’s there has been a gradual and steady increase in the number of breast cancer cases. Overall there was an 18% increase in rates between 1995 and 2010.