Breast Cancer Death Rate Down 10% In Just Five Years

Thanks to research, breast cancer mortality rates have fallen by 10% in five years. This is due to a better understanding of the genetics of the disease, together with new drugs and surgical techniques.

For example, women and their doctors now know more about the risk factors linked to breast cancer and how to reduce their chances of developing the disease. Meanwhile, ongoing research has led to the development of new drugs such as aromatase inhibitors, and the discovery of broader uses for drugs such as tamoxifen.

Overall, death rates across all cancer types decreased by 5% between 2010 and 2015. The four most common cancer types have all seen considerable decreases: breast (10.4%), prostate (6.1%), lung (6.7%) and bowel (8%). However, the overall rate is tempered by the hard-to-treat cancer types, including cancers of the pancreas, brain and oesophagus, showing that vital research is still needed to lower mortality rates across the board.

Sunday 4 February is World Cancer Day. Cancer Research UK is urging people to show their support by wearing a specially designed Unity Band, available from all CRUK shops and online. Everyone can take a small action to be a part of the generation that transforms the lives of millions who are affected by cancer.

“It’s fantastic to see research saving lives right now, with the rate of women dying from breast cancer dropping year on year,” said Sir Harpal Kumar, CRUK’s Chief Executive. “This World Cancer Day, it’s important to celebrate how much things have improved, but also to renew our commitment to saving the lives of more cancer patients.”

Find out more about World Cancer Day here.