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Breast cancer rates double in 20 years

October 16th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

October 16, 2006

NEW figures show breast cancer rates have doubled in 20 years but still not enough women are having regular mammograms Health Minister Tony Abbott says.

While new figures showed more women were surviving the leading cause of female cancer deaths, Mr Abbott said statistics showed only 56 per cent of women were having regular mammograms.

“I’m a little disappointed that so many of us, out of a misguided sense of stoicism, don’t go to the doctor as soon as we detect problems,” Mr Abbott said.

Mr Abbott launched a national breast cancer report when he spoke to more than 800 people at the National Breast Cancer Centre’s (NBCC) Pink Ribbon Breakfast in Sydney this morning.

“It’s very important that the message go out from this room to all of those women who aren’t here this morning - go and get screened and if there is a problem go and see the doctor because the last thing we want is more tragic statistics in the months and years ahead,” he said.

Releasing the results of the national report into breast cancer from the NBCC and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Mr Abbott said breast cancer rates had more than doubled over the past 20 years.

But he said that during that same period, survival rates - or living at least five years after diagnosis - have risen from 71 per cent in the early 1980s to 85 per cent.

The release of the report coincides with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and shows annual breast cancer rates have risen from 5318 in 1983 to 12,027 in 2002.

Breast cancer in men is rare but the numbers have also doubled - from 43 in 1983 to 84 in 2002.
Nearly 15,000 women will be diagnosed by 2011.

But the report also shows that the risk of women dying before the age fo 75 from breast cancer dropped from a one in 43 risk in 19983 to a one in 56 risk in 2004.

All told, 113,801 women diagnosed with cancer are still alive. The figure for men is 729 men.

“This is all good news but we can never be complacent,” Mr Abbott said of the improving survival rates.

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