The descriptive epidemiology of female breast cancer: an international comparison of screening, incidence, survival and mortality

Youlden, Danny R., Cramb, Susanna M., Dunn, Nathan A. M., Muller, Jennifer M., Pyke, Christopher M. and Baade, Peter D. (2012) The descriptive epidemiology of female breast cancer: an international comparison of screening, incidence, survival and mortality. Cancer Epidemiology, 36 3: 237-248. doi:10.1016/j.canep.2012.02.007

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Author Youlden, Danny R.
Cramb, Susanna M.
Dunn, Nathan A. M.
Muller, Jennifer M.
Pyke, Christopher M.
Baade, Peter D.
Title The descriptive epidemiology of female breast cancer: an international comparison of screening, incidence, survival and mortality
Journal name Cancer Epidemiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1877-7821
1877-783X
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.canep.2012.02.007
Open Access Status
Volume 36
Issue 3
Start page 237
End page 248
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: This paper presents the latest international descriptive epidemiological data for invasive breast cancer amongst women, including incidence, survival and mortality, as well as information on mammographic screening programmes.
Results: Almost 1.4 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide in 2008 and approximately 459,000 deaths were recorded. Incidence rates were much higher in more developed countries compared to less developed countries (71.7/100,000 and 29.3/100,000 respectively, adjusted to the World 2000 Standard Population) whereas the corresponding mortality rates were 17.1/100,000 and 11.8/100,000. Five-year relative survival estimates range from 12% in parts of Africa to almost 90% in the United States, Australia and Canada, with the differential linked to a combination of early detection, access to treatment services and cultural barriers. Observed improvements in breast cancer survival in more developed parts of the world over recent decades have been attributed to the introduction of population-based screening using mammography and the systemic use of adjuvant therapies.
Conclusion: The future worldwide breast cancer burden will be strongly influenced by large predicted rises in incidence throughout parts of Asia due to an increasingly ‘‘westernised’’ lifestyle. Efforts are underway to reduce the global disparities in survival for women with breast cancer using cost-effective interventions.
Keyword Breast cancer
International
Incidence
Mortality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: Mater Research Institute-UQ (MRI-UQ)
 
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