'One in nine women' will develop breast cancer

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19 October 2005, MADRID - One in nine women in Spain will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, a new report says.

19 October 2005

MADRID - One in nine women in Spain will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, a new report says.

But figures suggest that 78 percent of those who are diagnosed with the illness  will live for five years afterwards.

The World Health Organisation estimates that every 30 seconds somewhere in the world, a woman is diagnosed with this type of cancer.

On World Breast Cancer Day, Spanish campaigners said that 16,000 women are diagnosed each year.

It is the one of the most frequent types of cancer to affect women, after colon, uterus and stomach cancers.

It represents of 20 percent of all cancers suffered by women.

Up to 72 percent of women who have breast cancer live up to ten years following diagnosis, according to the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC).

'Have a mammogram' is the slogan which the AECC is trying to promote on World Breast Cancer Day.

In 2001, 21,588 women died from breast cancer in Spain - making it one of the prime killers among women aged 35-54.

The same year, breast cancer killed 400,000 worldwide.

And a recent survey found it costs EUR 428 on average to treat patients with chemotherapy, though this can go up to EUR 1,120 with the cost of drugs added.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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