Breast cancer is the commonest cancer in women in the UK. There are over 40,000 new cases every year. It is important to realize that half of all new cases are middle aged or older, ie over 65 years of age at diagnosis. Standard treatment is usually surgery supported by drug therapy and/or radiotherapy.
New drug treatments have been developed and there is a lot of new information on the different types of breast cancer, based mainly on study of the so-called molecular profiles of the cancer cells from patients genes (DNA, RNA) and cell proteins. This is giving new insights into assessing risk, prognosis and choosing best treatment.
Specific UK charities involved in the care and research into breast cancer are: