Breast cancer mortality down

30th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – The mortality rate for breast cancer has fallen by one fifth over the past decade. The decline has continued this year. In the first half of 2007 1,600 women died of the disease. That is 5 percent less than in the same period last year. This has emerged from figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

30 October 2007

AMSTERDAM – The mortality rate for breast cancer has fallen by one fifth over the past decade. The decline has continued this year. In the first half of 2007 1,600 women died of the disease. That is 5 percent less than in the same period last year. This has emerged from figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

The decline is the result of better treatment. The disease is also diagnosed much earlier these days because half of all women over 30 have their breasts checked at least once every two years, according to the NOS. Of the women who receive an invitation as part of the population survey, 90 percent have a mammogram.

The average age of women who die from breast cancer has risen. In the first half of 2007 women who died of breast cancer were on average 69 years old. That is up from the average age of 66 in 1980.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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