Fewer die from breast cancer

Statistics Norway newly reported that the death toll from breast cancer in women continues to go down. "This is an exceptionally good trend," says Chief Physician and Head of Department Rita Steen at the Cancer Registry of Norway.

Statistics Norway newly reported that the death toll from breast cancer in women continues to go down. "This is an exceptionally good trend," says Chief Physician and Head of Department Rita Steen at the Cancer Registry of Norway.

Rita Steen, Kreftregisteret662 women died of breast cancer in Norway in 2007. This is the lowest mortality from this illness registered in Norway the past few years. According to the Cancer Registry’s publication of statistics, Cancer in Norway 2007, 2761 women were diagnosed with breast cancer that year.

The Cancer Registry of Norway is responsible for the national screening programme against breast cancer. Rita Steen heads the Screening Department at the Registry. She is pleased with this development:

"We think that this is a trend that will continue. We expect an even greater effect of the Breast Cancer Screening Programme in the future. Better treatment also contributes in reducing breast cancer mortality.”

The national Breast Cancer Screening Programme started in 1995/96 and became nation wide in 2005. The programme invites women 50-69 years of age to mammography every two years. The goal is to reduce mortality from breast cancer in those women who are invited.

Table: Number of  breast cancer deaths among women - 1994-2007 (Souce: Statistics Norway) 

1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Number of deaths 816 789 823 761 739 705 761 746 735 715 694 695 675 662
Age-adjusted rates (per 100 000) 37,9 36,2 37,4 34,3 33,2 31,3 33,6 32,6 31,9 30,8 29,8 29,7 28,5 27,7