Breast cancer is cancer that originates in the breast tissue. Most often, breast cancer starts in the cells that line the milk ducts of the breast, but it can develop in any area of breast tissue. The disease develops when abnormal cells in the breast start to grow and divide in an uncontrolled way which eventually causes a tumour to form.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, with around 55,500 women and 370 men diagnosed each year. As with any type of cancer, the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the higher the chances of treatment being effective, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms.