Breast Cancer

The UK has one of the highest incidence rates in Europe. The incidence rate for breast cancer in the UK is 129.2 per 100,000, which is considerably higher than the EU average of 106.6 per 100,000. The incidence rate in the UK is also the highest among all four other major European countries.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at

The breast cancer mortality rate in the UK is the sixth highest in Europe, standing at 24.8 per 100,000. This is higher than both the EU average and the average of the other four major European countries, which stand at 22.4 per 100,000 and 21.5 per 100,000 respectively.

World Health Organisation, Cancer mortality database, 2012. Available at

The UK five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 82%, slightly lower than the European average of 83.7%. The UK currently has the lowest five-year survival rate for breast cancer in comparison to all other EURO4 countries.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at

Patient Experience

According to the 2015 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, which surveys over 100,000 cancer patients in the UK, breast cancer patientsí experience of care is better than that of other patients affected by cancer.

For instance, breast cancer patients were both more likely to understand their condition and the treatments available to them than patients affected by other cancers, suggesting positive interactions with healthcare professionals.