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Commissioning Guidelines

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women in England and Wales with about 46,000 new cases diagnosed and 10,900 deaths recorded each year. Around 1 in 9 women develop breast cancer at some stage in their life. Most breast cancers develop in women over 50 years, but they can also occur in younger women and, in rare cases, in men. There are around 260 cases of breast cancer diagnosed and 68 deaths recorded in men in England and Wales each year.