05/12/2013

NI Highest Breast Cancer Survival In UK

Northern Ireland has the highest breast cancer survival rates in the UK and Ireland, according to research by Queen's University.

The data for Northern Ireland was provided by the Queen’s Northern Ireland Cancer Registry to the EUROCARE 5 study.

The research is part of a European-wide study into cancer survival rates.

It found that survival rates for breast cancer in Northern Ireland were 81.9%, compared with 79% in the Republic of Ireland, 79.3% in England, 78.2% in Wales and 78.5% in Scotland.

The overall survival rate for breast cancer across Europe is 82.4%.

The study found cancer survival rates are improving across Europe but still vary widely between European countries.

Dr Anna Gavin, Director of Queen's Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, said: "While this study shows that cancer survival has improved in Northern Ireland and across Europe there is still a lot of work to be done. Survival among the elderly remains poor and late diagnosis is dragging our survival rates down. Survival rates of tobacco related cancers remains very low, and therefore efforts to reduce smoking need to continue. Reports like these show the value of data from high quality cancer registries like the one based at Queen’s University and funded by the Public Health Agency."

(IT/CD)

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