Breast cancer mortality in Europe is still rising, despite better screening

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:334
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The annual number of new diagnoses of cancer in Europe has risen by 300 000 since 2004, says a new study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

    Peter Boyle, director of the Lyon based agency and one of the authors of the report, which was published online on 7 February in the Annals of Oncology (, doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdl498), warns that despite better prevention and treatment Europe faces a big increase in the incidence of cancer, largely because of its ageing population.

    “Urgent action is particularly vital now to take preventive action against cancer, especially in central and eastern Europe, with strong and effective measures …

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