Survival from breast cancer is lower in UK than in other developed countries

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 01 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1405
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Women aged over 70 with breast cancer and women in all age groups with more advanced disease may be treated less aggressively in the United Kingdom than in some other countries, an international study indicates.

The research, conducted by the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership and funded by the Department of Health for England, found that breast cancer survival was lower in the UK and Denmark than in Australia, Canada, Norway, and Sweden.1

The study used routinely collected data from cancer registries to monitor breast cancer survival in all women with breast cancer, not just selected groups. The researchers analysed data from 257 362 women who were given a diagnosis of breast cancer during 2000 to 2007.

Age standardised, net survival at …

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