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Breast cancer deaths fall

12th August 2010

A study has revealed that the number of women surviving breast cancer has increased in the last 20 years in the UK.

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However, death rates for the disease are still some of the "highest" in Europe.

The research looked at 30 European countries and found that the UK mortality rate had fallen by about one third since the 1980s.

Around 12,000 deaths are caused by breast cancer annually, dropping from 41.6 to a rate of 28.2 per 100,000.

The British Medical Journal said the French team looked at mortality rates from 1987-9 and drew comparisons with deaths caused by the disease in 2004-6.

The average mortality rate for all 30 countries decreased by a fifth to 24 per 100,000.

However, the UK mortality rate was not as low as Eastern European countries such as Romania and Estonia.

Hilary Tovey, Cancer Research UK's policy manager, said that  "great progress" was happening in relation to the disease.

But she added: "The UK has seen greater decreases in the number of women dying from breast cancer than many other European countries over this period, though this is partly because death rates were relatively high in the 1980s."

 

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