Spain: Breast Cancer Mortality, by year
YearNumber of deaths
20226,754
20216,614
20206,651
20196,452
20186,621
20176,573
20166,477
20156,310
20146,325
20136,589
20126,375
20116,399
20106,371
20096,200
20086,122
20076,046
20066,020
20055,792
  • Region: Spain
  • Time period: 2005 to 2022
  • Published: Feb 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Increase in Deaths from 2005 to 2022

Between 2005 and 2022, breast cancer deaths in Spain saw a significant increase from 5,792 to 6,754, marking an increase of 962 deaths, or approximately 16.6%. This uptrend highlights a concerning rise over the 17-year period.

Highest Annual Death Count in 2022

The year 2022 recorded the highest number of deaths due to breast cancer with 6,754 fatalities. This peak demonstrates a growing challenge in managing breast cancer mortality.

Trend of Fluctuating Numbers

The number of deaths fluctuated yearly, with occasional increases followed by decreases. Notably, after a decline from 6,621 deaths in 2018 to 6,452 in 2019, the numbers rebounded to 6,651 in 2020, indicating variability in annual mortality rates.

Yearly Comparison Highlights Minimal Changes in Some Years

Comparing year-on-year data, the smallest increase in deaths was observed between 2014 and 2015, with a rise from 6,325 to 6,310 deaths. This minimal change suggests periods of relative stability in mortality rates amidst the overall rising trend.

Decadal Growth from 2005 to 2015

Over the decade from 2005 to 2015, breast cancer deaths increased from 5,792 to 6,310, reflecting a growth of 518 deaths or about 8.9%. This growth, while significant, was less steep compared to the overall period up to 2022.

Lowest Annual Death Count in 2005

The year 2005 saw the lowest number of deaths, with 5,792 fatalities, setting the baseline for the subsequent increases observed in the data set.

Period of Highest Increase

The most substantial year-over-year increase occurred between 2021 and 2022, with a surge from 6,614 to 6,754 deaths. This 140 deaths increase underscores a critical need for interventions to curb the growing mortality trend.

Steady Increase in the Latest Years

Analyzing the last five years, there has been a steady increase in the number of deaths, signifying an ongoing challenge in reducing breast cancer mortality in Spain, and underscoring the urgency for effective health strategies and interventions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which year recorded the highest number of deaths due to breast cancer in Spain?

The year 2022 recorded the highest number of breast cancer deaths in Spain with 6,754 fatalities.

What was the smallest increase in breast cancer deaths in Spain comparing year-on-year data?

The smallest increase in breast cancer deaths was observed between 2014 and 2015, where the death toll rose marginally from 6,325 to 6,310.

Terms and Definitions

Breast cancer is a type of malignant tumor that initiates in the cells of the breast. These cancerous cells can spread by breaking away from the original tumor, invading nearby tissues and blood vessels, and forming new tumors in different parts of the body. Breast cancer primarily affects women, but it can also occur in men.

Mortality refers to the incidence of death in a population. In the context of breast cancer, mortality is the number of deaths due to the disease over a specific period - usually annually.

The mortality rate is the measure of the number of deaths (in general, or due to a specific cause) in a population, scaled to the size of that population, per unit of time. Mortality rate is typically expressed in units of deaths per 1,000 or 1,000,000 individuals per year.

Early detection refers to identifying the presence of cancer in its initial stages, improving the effectiveness of treatment and increasing the chances of survival. In breast cancer, this can be achieved through screening methods such as mammography.

Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to detect changes in breasts. It is the most common method used to screen for early stages of breast cancer.

Incidence refers to the number of new cases of a disease that occur in a specific population within a certain time period. It's important to distinguish it from the mortality rate, as it only measures new instances of the disease and not the number of deaths resulting from it.

Prognosis is a term for the expected development of a disease, including the likelihood of recovery, recurrence, and survival rates. In the context of breast cancer, prognosis depends on the type and stage of the cancer, as well as the patient's overall health condition.

Risk factors are conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease. They can be environmental, lifestyle-related, or genetic. For breast cancer, risk factors might include factors like age, genetic mutations, family history of the disease, certain reproductive history, and consumption of alcohol.

The survival rate for any disease is the percentage of people in a stated population group who survive for a specified period. In terms of breast cancer, it usually refers to the percentage of patients who live for a certain number of years after being diagnosed.
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