The number of new cases of female breast cancer in the UK rose to 2,719 in 2017 from 1,928 in 2016, according to figures released on Tuesday.
A total of 3,722 people died of the disease in the country last year, compared with 2,955 in 2016.
The figures come as NHS England announced plans to expand its specialist breast cancer screening services.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the expansion would see a doubling of the number of specialist services across the country and a doubling in the number being treated in private practice.
“We know from experience that we have a very high level of female-specific cancer in England and it is our duty to offer the most comprehensive and high-quality services available,” he said.
More than 20% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of the cancer, according a study by the British Cancer Society.
While the number has increased, the percentage of women affected by breast cancer has not increased, according the research.
Women aged 40-59 years were more than twice as likely to have breast cancer as women aged 15-19, the research showed.