We comment on statistics released today (30 October 2014) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which show that in 2013 the five-year survival rate for breast cancer in England continued to improve compared to previous years.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive, Breast Cancer Campaign, said:
“It is encouraging news that five-year survival rates for breast cancer in England have increased, and more and more women are surviving the disease. This is, in part, thanks to greater awareness and screening leading to earlier diagnosis, and improved treatments as a result of continuing breast cancer research.
“However, it is a cause for concern to see that the figures for breast cancer survival for younger women (15-39) remain lower than the figures for women aged 40 – 69. This is in part because younger women tend to develop more aggressive tumours, and is a reminder of how much more needs to be done if we are to overcome breast cancer.
“Survival rates in the UK are still lower than they should be, and lower than the European average. We must not forget that 12,000 women and 80 men still die from breast cancer in the UK each year. We have to continue to show unrelenting commitment if we are to continue to see an increase in the number of people surviving the disease.”