Breast cancer has the second highest five-year survival rate for women aged 15-99 years, in England, after melanoma skin cancer.
Five-year survival was 84 per cent for women in England diagnosed in 2004-08 and followed up to the end of 2009. This compares with 83 per cent for women diagnosed in 2003-07 and followed up to the end of 2008.
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1 NHS Breast Cancer Screening Programme.
Source: Office for National Statistics
Female breast cancer is coded to 174 in the International Classification of Diseases Eighth and Ninth Revisions (ICD-8 & 9) and C50 in the Tenth Revision (ICD-10).
Cancer registrations for 2009 were estimated to be around 97 per cent complete at the time of extraction. This estimate was based on the figures published for the previous three years, in this case 2006-2008, compared with the number of late registrations subsequently received for these years. It is therefore the difference between the figures that were published in the 'First Release - Cancer Registration Statistics' publications for the years 2006-08, and the number of late registrations received after their release. It is not an estimate of how many cancers never get recorded.
Further information can be found in the cancer quality reports (244.2 Kb Pdf) on the ONS website.
All rates are directly age-standardised using the European standard population.
The five-year relative survival rates are for adults (ages 15-99) and have been age standardised to control for changes in the age profile of cancer patients over time. This enables figures for different time periods to be compared.
Figures presented are based on rates reported in the most recent Annual Reference Volume (Cancer Statistics - Registrations, England 2009, Series MB1 no 40) and represent registrations received at ONS by end of March 2010.
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These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.