About Women’s Cancers:

Be part of the 48%

Awareness can help prevention

Whether you have cancer or not, dealing with cancer can be a challenging time, but we believe with the right information, it isn’t all scary. We’ll help join up the dots and make the invisible, visible.

What is cancer?

Cancer can start any place in the body. It starts when cells grow out of control and crowd out normal cells. This makes it hard for the body to work the way it should.
Cancer can spread from where it started to other parts of the body. Cancer cells in the lung can sometimes travel to the brain and grow there. When cancer cells do this, it’s called metastasis. To doctors, the cancer cells in the brain look just like the ones from the lung.

Cancer is always named for the place where it starts. So when lung cancer spreads to the brain (or any other place), it’s still called lung cancer. It’s not called brain cancer unless it starts from cells in the brain.

What are women’s cancers?

There are six women specific cancers, seven if you include breast cancer which is common amongst women, but very rare in men. The last year we have statistics for is 2014 when nearly 77,000 women were diagnosed with women’s cancer, that is 1480 people a week and 221 people per day.

Why is it important to know about women’s cancer?

Women’s cancers are easier to treat if they are diagnosed early which is why it is so important for people, especially women to be aware of these cancers and the possible symptoms. At the moment around 60% of people with women’s cancer survive for 10 years or more.

What’s more Cancer UK believe 48% are preventable if people understand the risks they are running such as smoking, being overweight or not eating the right food.

RibbonCares aims to help you get the information you need whether you have cancer or not.



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Women's cancer statistics

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