Understanding breast cancer

Find out how breast cancer is diagnosed, treated and how it might affect your life.

  • What is cancer?

    There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.

  • Cancer and cell types

    Cancers are grouped into types. Types of cancer often behave and respond to treatments in different ways.

  • How it is treated

    There are five main types of cancer treatment. You may receive one, or a combination of treatments, depending on your cancer type.

  • The breasts

    Breasts are made of fat, supportive (connective tissue) and glandular tissue that contains lobes (milk glands).

  • Signs and symptoms of breast cancer

    A lump in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer, but there are others to watch for.

  • Types of breast cancer

    Your doctor will talk to you about which type of breast cancer you have.

  • Why do cancers come back?

    Sometimes, tiny cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. These can divide to form a new tumour.

Living with breast cancer

Karen talks about her experience of living with breast cancer and how it affected her finances.

About our cancer information videos

Living with breast cancer

Karen talks about her experience of living with breast cancer and how it affected her finances.

About our cancer information videos