Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women, and the third most common caner overall.
Seven New Zealand women, on average, will hear the news today that they have breast cancer.
It affects one in nine New Zealand women over their lifetime.
Most will survive five years or longer if the cancer is detected early enough but tragically, more than 600 women die of the disease every year.
Some women are at greater risk of breast cancer because there is a history of close family members having the disease.
However, most women who develop breast cancer have no close relatives with the disease. Even among women who do have relatives with breast cancer, most will never develop it.
Learn more about breast cancer in the sections below:
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer in NZ
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