Fewer women need undergo breast removal surgery

mammographyMammography.Photo: Lise Åserud / SCANPIX

82 percent of all breast cancer patients with small tumours will now retain their breasts.

Last year, 240 more women retained their breasts compared to the previous year.

‘This is a very welcome development’, said Health and Human Services Minister, Bent Høie to news agency NTB.

Nationwide, 82 percent of women are now offered breast conserving treatment if the tumour is less than 3 cm in diameter.

In 2014, this figure was 75 percent, according to a new quality report on breast cancer.

The report was published on Monday (along with 53 other quality reports) by the National Service for Medical Quality Registers.

‘Knowledge of the National Medical Quality Registers contributes to preventing undesirable variation, and improves quality in the specialist health field’ said Høie.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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