Number of deaths from breast cancer drops significantly

According to scientists, the number of people dying from breast cancer in the last 10 years has reduced significantly. Scientists say that the reason for this reduction is because of better treatment for the disease.

Five years ago figures for the UK were less impressive than some other countries in Europe including France and Germany. Today however, the figures have improved so much that the disease is being better treated in the UK than in many other leading European economies.

Just a decade ago, the situation was even bleaker with the UK being significantly behind many other European countries in the successful treatment of breast cancer. The news, which has recently been released, has been welcomed by cancer charities from across the country.

Dr Rachel Greig is from Breakthrough Breast Cancer and she has commented, “It’s interesting to see how the number of cases of breast cancer are increasing but the deaths are going down.

This is a testament to how good the treatment for the disease is becoming and it will be welcomed by women across the country. I also fully expect these figures to continue on course for further reductions in the deaths from breast cancer during 2012.

“One of the most important ways for reducing the number of deaths from breast cancer is to make people aware of the disease. Awareness leads to early treatment which is essential for improving survival rates. Over 10,000 women every year still die from the disease and so it is still abundantly clear that more work on awareness of the disease needs to be done.”

The head of information for Cancer Research UK is Katherine Thomas and she has said, “This is great news and we are very pleased to see the deaths are falling. It confirms a continuing downwards trend for the number of deaths from breast cancer in the UK.”

Despite the focus on detecting the disease early it seems that the greatest reason for the fall in fatality of the disease is better treatment. Carlo La Vecchia was one of the leading scientists on the study which was conducted at the University of Milan and he has commented, “The fact that we have seen a significant fall in the number of women dying from breast cancer of all ages suggests that it is the treatment that has improved.

We suspect that treatment is the primary driving force for these declining figures, rather than more people having mammograms.” Much of the change is probably down to improvements that were introduced by the Labour Party. They dramatically increased the number of cancer doctors in the country and work to reduce the amount of time it took for a patient to see a doctor. They also provided more funding for treatments such as chemotherapy and targeted radiotherapy. All of these factors are suspected to have led to the decrease in fatalities from the disease.

Despite the improved figures the UK still lags behind some other European countries in treatment of the disease. The average figure across Europe estimates that 15 people in every 100,000 die from the disease, which is smaller than the number of deaths in the UK. Spain is the country where women are least likely to die from breast cancer, with only 12 people in every 100,000 succumbing to the disease.

The shadow health minister, Diane Abbott has commented, “We are very pleased to see that the measures we introduced when we were in power have been successful in reducing the number of deaths from breast cancer. We also know how important the work of awareness charities is in reducing the danger from this disease.”