The age group most at risk
Age also plays an important role in breast cancer diagnosis, as eight in 10 cases are in women over 50. A link between the female hormone oestrogen and our modern lifestyles is also key. ‘If a woman is exposed to oestrogen for a longer duration in her lifetime, then she’s at a higher risk,’ warns Prof Carmichael, who says that’s the case now we start the menopause later. ‘We also know that alcohol increases the risk, as does obesity.’ And with the highest consumption of it in the UK among those aged 45 to 64 years, there’s even more of a good reason to cut down.
in 8 About 1 in the UK women diagnosed are cancer with breast during their lifetime.