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Breast cancer rises in Australia and survival rate increases too.

The number of new cases of breast cancer in Australia has more than doubled in the past 20 years from 5,318 cases in 1983 to 12,027 women in 2002, according to a report by the National Breast Cancer Centre and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Those in higher socio-economic groups are at greatest risk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at least risk (though breast cancer is the most common cancer in this group). The increased incidence of breast cancer is accompanied by an increase in survival rates, with the risk of dying from breast cancer falling from one in 29 in 1983 to one in 36 in 2004, a lower death rate than in New Zealand, the UK, Canada or the US. Better survival rates are attributed to advances in early detection and treatment using multidisciplinary teams to deliver evidence-based care. Greater attention now needs to be given to both medical and psychosocial issues related to surviving. (1)

(1.) Pincock S. Incidence of breast cancer is rising in Australia, while death rate falls. BMJ 2006;333:876.
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Title Annotation:ROUND UP: Research
Publication:Reproductive Health Matters
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:May 1, 2007
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