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Incidence of breast cancer is rising in Australia, while death rate falls

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 26 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:876
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. Sydney

    The incidence of breast cancer among Australian women continues to rise. But more patients than ever before are surviving the disease, a report published this month says.

    The number of new cases of breast cancer each year has more than doubled in the past 20 years, says the report, from the National Breast Cancer Centre and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. A total of 12 027 women were given a diagnosis of the cancer in 2002, up from 5318 in 1983.

    Helen Zorbas, director of the centre, said the rise in incidence was only partly due to better diagnosis …

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