Breast Cancer Incidence & Mortality

Health Care | October 14, 2014
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Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, with a life-time incidence of about 11% and a life-time mortality rate of about 3%. In other words, one in nine women acquires breast cancer at some point in her life and one in thirty will die from it.

Breast cancer was responsible for an estimated 4.3% deaths of all women in Europe in 2000, according to WHO. This represents 2.2% of all deaths (both sexes), or 8.6% of all cancer deaths.

The relative 5-year breast cancer survival rates have improved in all countries in the last decade. Most OECD countries have survival rates of over 80%, with notable increases in Ireland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

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