Mortality rates for breast cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 90+ (2014-2016). Since the early 1970s, breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost two-fifths (38%) in the UK. Rates in males have decreased by almost half (45%), and rates in females have decreased by more than a third (35%). Cancer Research UK Cancer Survival Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Personal communication, 2014. Twenty-year survival data for 2001-2003. Office for National Statistics (ONS). Cancer survival rates, Long-term Breast Cancer Survival, England and Wales. London: ONS; 2005. ISD Scotland. Trends in Cancer Survival 1983-2007.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the UK. Over 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, including around 4,700 in Scotland. Each year, around 7,400 additional women are diagnosed with an earlier, non-invasive form of breast cancer. Female cancer rates in the UK are however 12th highest with a reported 260.5 cases per 100,000. Denmark has been ranked with having the highest female and overall cancer rate although the highest.
Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2018 1 Breast Cancer Basic Facts What is breast cancer? Cancer is a group of diseases that cause cells in the body to change and spread out of control. Most types of cancer cells eventually form a lump or mass called a tumor, and are named after the part of the body where the tumor originates.