Improved Breast Cancer Survival Rates in NSW

by Gayatri on  October 25, 2006 at 1:10 PM Cancer News   - G J E 4
Improved Breast Cancer Survival Rates in NSW
According to new data, there is a drastic improvement in the survival rates of breast cancer in New South Wales since the mid 1990s.

According to a report from the Cancer Institute, after 5 years of diagnosis, 88% of the breast cancer victims are still alive whereas 10 years back the survival rate was 77%.

The Assistant Health Minister, Frank Sartor, says, "Greater awareness and screening programs have led to better survival rates. I think breast screening is really the big plus. We estimate about 80 per cent of women in this state in the target group, between 50 and 69 are actually going to breast screening. And breast screening really helps because if you catch breast cancer very early you've got a much greater chance of survival. "

"It actually shows that the breast screening program in the state is working, that women in the state are very aware of breast cancer," he said.

The data also reveals that breast cancer survival rate is 10% higher in women in New South Wales when compared to those in the U.K.

Source: Medindia

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Excellent report on preventive strategy doing wonders. Awareness is the goal to any screening and preventive programme. I think if 10% of all television time in the world is devoted to awareness programme to promote better health the world would be a better place to live in. It is time that there is a mass campaign to appeal to various govt. to implement this strategy. Currently campaign to prevent AIDS in underway a big way - thanks not so much to media's philanthropy but due to deep pockets of the AIDS organizations.
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