Analysis released by Cancer Research UK ahead of World Cancer Day (Sunday 4 February) has today shown that breast cancer mortality rates have fallen by 10% in five years.
The figures have shown that in 2015, 35 women out of every 100,000 in the UK died from breast cancer. Five years before this was 39 women per 100,000.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“This news shows that breast cancer research which has taken place tirelessly over decades is now having a positive and life-changing impact on women today.
“But whilst this is encouraging news, this is not the time to be complacent. In fact, we must learn from this progress to make further improvements for women at risk of, or living with, breast cancer. It is still a devastating disease and today more people are being diagnosed with breast cancer than ever before. One in eight women in the UK will face breast cancer in their lifetime. And every 45 minutes, another woman dies from the disease. As this week’s report in the Lancet found, survival for cancer patients in the UK continues to lag behind the rest of the world.
“At Breast Cancer Now, we’re determined to stop this. This World Cancer Day it is more important than ever that we continue to act together and invest in research to stop women dying of breast cancer in the UK.”