LATEST FIGURES show that deaths caused by breast cancer in the Comunidad Valenciana have fallen by more than 18 per cent since the year 2000. Also, the number of people surviving a diagnosis of the disease for more than one year now stands at 96.4 per cent, and backs up the words of experts that stress the importance of early detection of the disease.
Specifically, the data shows that deaths have reduced from 28.71 cases per 100,000 women in the year 2000 have reduced to 23.48 cases in 2015, the year when the period of the study ended.
In 2015, 3,330 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the Comunidad Valenciana, and accounts for 29.21 per cent of all cancers. Breast cancer can occur at all ages and affect both sexes, but increase markedly between 45 to 50 and a much higher incidence rate for women between 65 and 69 years old.
Councillor Carmen Montón emphasised that the survival rate at one year after diagnosis is at 96.4 per cent and at the nine year point 90.7 per cent, and added that “it’s important to increase the participation of women in breast cancer screening in order to carry out an early detection so they can achieve the best possible treatment.”