BREAST CANCER DEATHS DECREASING AS TREATMENT BECOMES MORE EFFECTIVE

Sep 11, 2015

By Jane Brown

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The numbers of new breast cancer cases is stable or up a little in high income countries like Canada and the U-S.

That’s due to increased detection and an increase in risk factors such as obesity.

But deaths related to breast cancer are decreasing, which probably means we’re getting better at treating it.

In contrast, the number of new cases and deaths attributed to breast cancer are increasing in developing countries.

This disparity may be related to lack of access to screening and treatment options, as well as cultural issues such as stigmatization of breast cancer.

It may also be because the more “urban” countries become, the more their diets and exercise patterns change.

The research is published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. (ABC)

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