Women's cancers (gynaecological cancer)
Cancers that start in a woman's reproductive system are called gynaecological cancers. The treatment you need depends on where the cancer started. Knowing the type of cancer means you can get the correct information about it.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 50, but younger women can also get breast cancer.
About 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There's a good chance of recovery if it's detected at an early stage.
For this reason, it's vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes and always have any changes examined by a GP.
In rare cases, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. Find out more about breast cancer in men.
There is a wealth of information and support if you have concerns about breast cancer or you are looking to support a friend or family member who has been diagnosed.
Here is a list of a number of comprehensive websites to read through:
- NHS Website
- Cancer Research Uk
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- Breast Cancer Now
- Flat Friends Uk - for those that have either had a single or double mastectomy without breast reconstruction or who may face that decision in the future
Make sure you follow your gut - if something doesn't feel right, get it checked out