More than 70,000 Brits will be treated for breast cancer in the coming weeks, and more than 80,000 will be undergoing surgery, a new government study shows.
The study, published by the British Cancer Society, shows that over the past decade the number of British women receiving surgery for breast cancers has increased by more than 300%, from about 16,000 in 2010 to nearly 24,000 by 2021.
The figures, which were released ahead of a National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, show that over 40% of women will have a surgery to treat the disease.
There will be around 400,000 women who will have surgery for the disease over the next decade, compared with about 5,000 last year.
The results, from the British Heart Foundation, also show that in the first year of a national campaign, women will spend almost $1,300 more per year on treatment.
The government has already set up a fund to fund the cost of cancer treatment for women over the coming years.
The latest figures also show the number who have been admitted to hospital for breast surgery has increased dramatically, from around 2,200 in the same period last year to more than 12,000.
A spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK, which campaigns against breast cancer, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the NHS is now working to increase access to cancer care for British women.”
The number of women undergoing surgery has also increased.
The number of men who will undergo breast cancer treatments has decreased from about 1,000 to about 600.