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Reading: Breast Cancer Mortality Statistics

Vocabulary
to account for
age-standardised
to attribute something to
breast cancer
cancer death
to compare
constituent
crude rates
to differ
female
male
mortality
to be rare
rate
ratio
significant significantly
to translate to

© Reading – Breast Cancer Mortality Rates by Virginia Allum 2017


Activity: Complete the text using words from the vocabulary list. Check your answer
with the transcript.

Breast cancer was the third most common cause of _______________ in the UK in 2011. It
____________________ 7% of all deaths from cancer, despite the fact that it is _________ in
men. It was also the second most common cause of cancer death among women in the UK in
2011​ ​In fact, 15% of ___________________ deaths in 2011 were attributed to breast cancer.

In 2011, there were 11,762 deaths from ____________________ in the UK. 99% were in
women and less than 1% were in men. This _______________ to a female to male ______
of around 150:1. Crude _____________________ were around 36 breast cancer deaths for
every 100,000 females and less than 1 for every 100,000 ________________.

The European ____________________ mortality rates of breast cancer were compared


across all UK countries. The rates did not differ _____________ between the constituent
countries of the UK for either sex. The __________ have not differed much since the year
2003.

© Reading – Breast Cancer Mortality Rates by Virginia Allum 2017


Transcript
Breast cancer was the third most common cause of cancer death in the UK in 2011. It
accounted for 7% of all deaths from cancer, despite the fact that it is rare in men. It was also
the second most common cause of cancer death among women in the UK in 2011​ ​In fact,
15% of female deaths in 2011 were attributed to breast cancer.

In 2011, there were 11,762 deaths from breast cancer in the UK. 99% were in women and
less than 1% were in men. This translates to a female to male ratio of around 150:1. Crude
mortality rates were around 36 breast cancer deaths for every 100,000 females and less than 1
for every 100,000 males.

The European age-standardised mortality rates of breast cancer were compared across all UK
countries. The rates did not differ significantly between the constituent countries of the UK
for either sex. The rates have not differed much since the year 2003.

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© Reading – Breast Cancer Mortality Rates by Virginia Allum 2017