Clinical update

Breast cancer nursing: your guide to new RCN competency framework

The RCN has published a competency framework to inform the academic and career pathways of UK nurses at all stages of their career
One in seven UK women are diagnosed with breast cancer Picture: iStock

The RCN has published a competency framework to inform the academic and career pathways of UK nurses at all stages of their career

Essential information

According to Cancer Research UK (CRUK), 126 people in England are diagnosed with breast cancer every day.

One in seven UK females are diagnosed during their lifetime, making it the most common cancer for women in the UK.

Survival rates for breast cancer have doubled in the past 40 years. In England and Wales, 78% survive their disease for ten years or more, while around two thirds survive for at least 20 years.

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