Death rates from top four cancers fall by a third in UK

19th August 2014

Death rates for breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancer combined have fallen 30% in the last 20 years, according to a report released this morning.

Cancer Research UK figures show that death from breast cancer in the early 1990s have fallen by 38%, while bowel cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer fell by 34%, 27% and 21% respectively. The fall in breast cancer has been achieved through screening, developing more specialist care and more effective treatments like tamoxifen and, more recently, anastrozole and letrozole.

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