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UK breast cancer survival rates on the increase

10th September 2010

The number of UK breast cancer patients surviving one year after initial diagnosis has increased in recent years, according to a new government report.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the one-year survival index for the condition stood at 65 per cent in 2006, compared to 61.8 per cent ten years earlier.

Moreover, although a trend towards higher survival rates in the south of the country compared to the north still persists, the inequality was less marked in 2006 than in 1996.

According to the ONS, the data could be indicative of an improvement in the effectiveness of local and national cancer services.

The findings have been welcomed by Meg McArthur, senior policy and information officer at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, who described the news as a "positive trend that we would like to see continue".

She said: "Specific to breast cancer, more women than ever in the UK are surviving thanks to increased awareness, better screening and more effective treatments."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800060265-ADNFCR

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