Iceland is more successful than other European nations in fighting breast cancer, according to the results of a new survey conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France.
Breast cancer-related deaths from 1989 to 2006 were examined in 30 European countries and it turned out that their number had dropped the most in Iceland in that period, by 45 percent, visir.is reports.
The UK follows with a 35 percent drop in breast cancer-related deaths. However, the situation is worst in Romania where deaths caused by breast cancer have increased by 17 percent during the time studied.
Overall, the number of deaths caused by breast cancer in Europe has decreased by 20 percent between 1989 and 2006. The main reason for this development is better preemptive measures and effective treatment.
Worldwide, approximately 500,000 women die from breast cancer every year, which is the most common kind of cancer among women of wealthier nations.