Breast cancer out of control in UK says WHO

According to a report from the World Health Organisation, Britain has the worst mortality rates for women from breast cancer. Spain was the lowest. Nevertheless, lung cancer takes far more women’s lives in Britain.

Compared to the total fatalities in Europe, 1.28 million, 156,000 are expected to die from cancer in the UK. Mortality rates continue to drop as the population shifts toward an older profile, but the number of people dying remains static.

“Colorectal, lung, and breast cancers top the charts for deaths from cancers, but these are going through big shifts lately,” argued Professor Carlo La Vecchia who was the lead researcher from the University of Milan.

The research studied WHO reports on European deaths from cancer in 2007, then applied EUROSTAT estimates in populations to foretell the death rates from tumours this year.

As far as men are concerned, the UK has the second lowest mortality rates next to Germany. “The mortality rates of women with cancer in Britain are higher than the European Union, except Poland. However, there was a drop of 8% down to 95.6 out of 100,000 this year. Breast cancer mortality hit their highest anywhere at 17.2 out of 100,000 women in Britain, contrasted with the lowest of 11.3 in Spain.”

“Advances in treating and managing the illness has forced the number of deaths to drop.” The researchers also reported, “Among women in Europe, lung cancer is on the rise. As of 2007-8, it was the number one killer from all cancers in the UK, but also in Poland, where it outpaced breast cancer.”

They estimate over 15,000 British women will die this year from lung cancer alone. This is in stark contrast to the anticipated nearly12,000 deaths from breast cancer.