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  • breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the UK. Women have a one in nine lifetime risk of developing breast cancer

    • incidence of breast cancer increases with age, doubling every 10 years until menopause, after which the rate of increase slows down

    • in the UK, 45,972 people were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, of whom over 99% were women

  • metastatic breast cancer is an advanced stage of the disease when it has spread to other organs
    • an estimated 5% of patients present with metastatic breast cancer, and approximately 30% of people who present with localised breast cancer will later develop metastatic breast cancer
    • common sites of metastasis include bone, liver, lung and brain.