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More cases of breast cancer, but fewer deaths

The report, Breast cancer in Australia: an overview, 2009, was launched to mark Australia’s Breast Cancer Day. The number of breast cancer cases has more than doubled in the past 25 years, largely due to a growing and ageing population. However the death rate from breast cancer has fallen significantly, and the percentage of women living for at least 5 years after diagnosis is continuing to improve.

Media Release (26/10/09) from National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre

Report (26/10/09) from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare