Death rates from breast cancer are falling faster in the UK than in any of the six most populous countries in Europe, research shows.
The death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 17.7% since 2010-2014 Early detection, earlier diagnosis and better treatment, has found a Europe-wide study [pdf].
International experts on cancer incidence estimate that the United Kingdom had an age-standardized breast cancer mortality rate of 1
This means that Britain this year has experienced the highest percentage decline – 17.7% – at his death among the six most populous European countries since 2010-2014. In other countries surveyed, the corresponding reductions were equally in Germany (12.5%), France (12.1%), Spain (11.3%) and Italy (9.7%), while in Poland an increase of 6.1 % was recorded.
The Aging Population of the UK The increase in obesity and other factors mean that the total number of people who died of breast cancer in the UK will continue to increase, even if the mortality rate declines. The disease is the second most common cause of death in women, according to lung cancer.
Cancer activists welcomed the trend, but warned that, because of progress, the UK is only now reaching the European breast average cancer mortality after many years, which are far below.
"It is really encouraging that, thanks to advances in research and NHS progress, breast cancer mortality rates in the UK are finally catching up with the rest of Europe," said Lady Morgan, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Now.
"But with the incidence increasing and more than 11,000 mothers, daughters and sisters still dying from metastatic breast cancer every year, this progress can not come soon enough and we still have much, much more to do.
"Although this analysis is very positive news, our rate of progress seems to be much higher than our neighbors, mainly because in Austria we had one of the highest mortality rates in Europe for a long time.
Researchers from Italy, Switzerland and the USA, led by Prof. Carlo La Vecchia of the Medical Faculty of the University of Milan, published their findings in the medical journal Annals of Oncology. It is the ninth year in a row that they have predicted numbers and rates of cancer deaths.
If the UK drops the mortality rate to 13.33 per 100,000 people this year, it will easily surpass the EU average. This will be 13.36.
Women between the ages of 50 and 69 are most likely to benefit from mortality reduction, while the 70- to 79-year-olds age group is the least likely to increase, academics, including colon, gastric, prostate and bladder cancers, They found. However, they still go for pancreatic cancer. Lung cancer, which kills more Britons than any other type of cancer, reduces male mortality but continues to increase in women as a result of changes in the sex balance of smokers in the past.
The total number of cancer deaths is still The total authorization will increase across Europe and will reach 1.4 million this year (2014: 1.35 million).
Prof. Fabrice André, Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Oncology, said: The good news that death rates from most types of cancer are declining is the bad news that the number of people dying from cancer is rising due to the growing and aging population.
"This represents a significant burden on society More needs to be done to prevent the onset of cancer. "