Breast Cancer Awareness Month isn't just about raising money and buying pink-themed goodies, it's about understanding breast cancer and appreciating the key facts about the disease.
Cancer Research UK published its report earlier this year that explains the key statistics that we should all be aware of.
Here's our round-up of the facts and figures that really do matter to women everywhere. To read the full report click here.
How common is breast cancer?
+ Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK
+ One in eight women will get breast cancer
+ Cases of breast cancer have increased by 70% since the mid-70s
+ Eight in ten breast cancers are diagnosed in women over 50
What are the causes?
+ Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRAC2 genes increase your risk of cancer, but this is only in very rare cases
+ Women with a mother, sister or daughter who have had the disease are twice as likely to get cancer
+ Eight out of nine cancers occur in women with no family history
+ Obesity can increase your risk by up to 30%
+ HRT menopause medication can increase your risk by up to 66%
+ 1% of all breast cancer cases are linked to oral contraceptives
+ 3,100 cases in the UK are linked to excessive alcohol consumption
+ 1,700 cases are linked to being physically inactive
What happens next?
+ Eight in ten women survive breast cancer
+ Women diagnosed with breast cancer are now twice as likely to survive their disease for at least ten years than those diagnosed forty years ago
+ More than three-quarters of women diagnosed with breast cancer now survive their disease for at least ten years or more
+ Almost 2 out of 3 women with breast cancer now survive their disease beyond 20 years.
+ The earlier the disease is diagnosed the higher the survival rate
+ Death rates have fallen by a fifth in the last ten years
+ Half of women who die from the disease are over 70
Early detection is crucial so take a look at the video below to find out how to self-examine....