Breast cancer statistics from Cancer Research UK:
- In 2009, 48,417 women and 371 men in the UK were diagnosed with breast cancer.
- 11,556 women and 77 men in the UK died from breast cancer in 2010.
- In 2005-2009, around 85% of women in England survived their breast cancer for five years or more.
Every so often I receive a round-robin email headed by a list of other women also emailed, in which I am charged with passing on the urgent request to find a cure for breast cancer. The latest I received last week showed a picture of a pretty little girl toddler wearing a T-shirt with the slogan, “Find a cure before I grow boobs.” It is a very good cause and I am sure that much medical research is going on around the world with this specific aim, even as I type this. Because it is so common, we all know someone who has died of breast cancer; indeed, a very dear friend of mine lost her battle with it some years ago, leaving three young sons.
So why do I pause before pressing the “Forward” button to send on the message of this obvious good cause?