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Breast cancer survival rates improving at U.K. center

Survival rates are increasing at the Breast Institute in Nottingham, U.K., according to a new report from the BBC. The number of cancers detected are also increasing at the center, which examines about 30,000 women for breast cancer each year.

"We expect two thirds of women to survive breast cancer and about 80 percent of women to still be alive 10 years after treatment," said Douglas Macmillan, a consultant at the City Hospital. "This is enormously better than it was 30 years ago, where the level was more like 50 percent. This is [due] to earlier screening, greater awareness, better treatments and better targeted treatments suited to the individual."

Here in the U.S., one in eight American women will have breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. The organization recommends that all women over the age of 40 receive yearly mammograms. Younger women should have regular clinical exams and self-breast exams as well. Men are also susceptible to the disease though at a much lower rate.
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