The month of October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness month. During this month different activities are conducted worldwide to create awareness about this type of cancer affecting a large population of women. 

The campaign aims to make people aware of the need for early detection of breast cancer, its treatment options and prevention methods that can help save lives.

The Facts

According to WHO, there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, but it also can affect men too.

As its Breast Cancer Awareness Month, check out our guide to find out about early detection methods and factors that play a part in increasing the risk. 

Remember its important to check for the signs and symptoms of cancer. If you have any health concerns or worries, please speak to your GP. Your NHS is still here for you.