Breast cancer patients living in Northern Ireland have something to smile about. According to a recent study conducted by Queen's University Belfast, survival rates in the country have increased to 9 out of 10 women.
"We have excellent facilities at the cancer center and cancer units and there is now a more joined-up approach to patient care with, for example, the centralisation of breast cancer services in each (health) trust area," said Dr Anna Gavin, director of the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry.
Reasons for the spike included further screenings being performed and an increase in women receiving chemotherapy. There has also been a rise in radiation treatments and reconstructive surgery in the nation.
"Another important step forward is that we now have better communications between healthcare professionals and their patients," Gavin told the news outlet.
According to BreastCancerIreland.com, there were over 2,7000 people diagnosed with the disease in 2007.
Women who believe they may be at risk should visit their primary care doctor and let them know their family history. However, concerned individuals can also maintain a healthy diet and exercise daily in order to prevent a diagnosis.