Figures show a continued trend in decrease of female deaths due to breast cancer.

The Information Services Division (ISD) – which provides health information, health intelligence, statistical services and advice that support NHS Scotland – released figures on 17 November 2015 that show a continued trend in the decrease of female deaths due to breast cancer. Over the past 10 years, the mortality rate has decreased by 20%.

Mary Allison, Breast Cancer Now Director for Scotland, commented on the ISD figures:

“It’s positive that research is making significant progress in reducing breast cancer mortality. But that doesn’t mean we’ve got breast cancer under control.

“For women, breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of death from cancer in Scotland.

“We’ve made progress in early detection and screening, but from these statistics it’s clear that we have more work to do, particularly in more deprived areas. Survival among women in the most deprived areas is lower than those in more affluent areas in Scotland - we need to address these inequalities in outcomes.

“We believe that if we all act now, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live. To do that we need to increase our efforts so that every woman has the best chance to beat this disease.”