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Breast cancer mortality has not declined in women over 85
Date:1/16/2013

w that rates will decrease more slowly. Mortality will decrease in all age groups but will not be the same for all. A more significant decrease will be observed amongst the youngest women, with a great difference in middle aged women where stabilisation is predicted and then even an increase amongst elderly women (85 years or over)," adds the researcher.

The results fall in line with those of other studies conducted in Spain. However, research studying mortality in age groups is still scarce.

"Although this decrease trend will continue into the future, everything points to a stabilisation in mortality for elderly women," points out lvaro Meca. "Therefore, breast cancer preventative practices should be different and specific to the age range of the patient," he concludes.

The reason behind this tendency

Breast cancer incidence has increased in all European countries in recent years, independently of whether or not national screening programmes are in place. However, mortality has experienced an annual decrease of 1.8% from 1997 to 2006.

This tendency is due to mammographies and the application of effective hormone treatments, chemotherapy and advances in radiotherapy and surgery.

According to Spain's 2006 National Health Survey, 4% of women between the age of 25 and 34 and 19% between the age of 35 and 44 undergo a mammography every two years.

"It is probable that such innovation has contributed to improved breast cancer survival rates observed in Europe, although the contribution of each factor is unknown," indicate the authors.


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