While the United States produces the greatest volume and yields the widest variety of breast cancer research, China is rapidly emerging as a key player in the field. From 2006 to 2010, global breast cancer research was driven by an upsurge in research conducted by Chinese institutions - China's output of articles pertaining to breast cancer research nearly doubled during that time. This tremendous growth reflects China's economic expansion and the fear that China is on the cusp of a breast cancer epidemic. Meanwhile, in the same time period, breast cancer research article output in Japan fell almost 11%, mirroring the country's overall decrease in scientific research.
Annual growth of breast cancer research article output in Germany and the United Kingdom only increased slightly - 6% and 2% per year, respectively, similar to many other European countries. Article output in European breast cancer research tended to mirror the falling budgets for overall scientific research despite continuing increases in the incidence of breast cancer. However, breast cancer research has been increasing at exceptional rates in Switzerland; from 2006 to 2010, breast cancer research grew by almost 103%. This explosive growth rate can be attributed to a robust Swiss investment in research and development, one which persists as the Swiss economy continues to flourish.
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