Are we winning the breast cancer battle? The Office of National Statistics is reporting a drop in breast cancer deaths as part of its latest report, and experts say technological advances should help mortality rates to continue to drop.
The three most common cancers in men were prostate, lung and colorectal, and breast, lung and colorectal cancer in women, according to ONS. Breast cancer had the highest incidence rate in females (124 cases per 100,000 females) and prostate cancer had the highest incidence rate for males (103 cases per 100,000 males).
Experts say improved awareness and better access to screening is reducing mortality rates. Tara Beaumont, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care said: “These figures reflect the success of improved breast awareness and breast screening in detecting breast cancer at any earlier stage, and declining mortality is an indication that treatment advances continue to make a significant difference to survival rates.
“It is important to remember, though, that breast cancer remains the most common cancer affecting women in the UK."