A study has found that almost 1,000 women could be saved from dying due to breast cancer every year if their condition is diagnosed early. The study looked at almost 400,000 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1996 and 2004 in England, Norway and Sweden. The study was undertaken by researchers from University College in London.
It was found that compared to the women in Norway and Sweden, more English women died in the first month and year of diagnosis. It means that the cancer was discovered very late in these cases which led to the death of the patients. In cases where it is diagnosed early, there are more chances that the patient will survive and the treatment is also mild and more effective compared to the advanced stages.
The study’s lead author, Professor Henrik Moller, admitted that the results of this study have serious repercussions for women in England. He admitted that these deaths can be avoided using better screening techniques.
Every year, almost 40,000 breast cancer cases are diagnosed in England and nearly 80% of the victims survive for more than five years. But in this period, 1,183 women die due to it and who could have been saved if their conditions had been diagnosed earlier.
Most of the victims who die are aged more than 70 and experts feel it is important for old women to get themselves screened for this condition. It is also stressed that better awareness can help save a lot of lives.
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