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Where Does the U.S. Stand in Global Research for Breast Cancer?

Posted on the 01 November 2011 by Jean Campbell

breast Cancer ResearchAccording to Elsevier, a provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, the United States holds the global lead in Breast Cancer research publications. The following excerpt from a press release from Elsevier highlights the content of a report they recently published.

You can download a PDF version of the report, which is well -worth the read at download (http://bit.ly/pTtOs1).

The report speaks to the numbers of women with breast cancer world-wide and the anticipated increases in breast cancer in the coming years and where these increases will take place. It also addresses the research being undertaken globally addressing prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.

Amsterdam, October 20, 2011 The United States, China and Switzerland lead the international scientific community in the publication of breast cancer research articles, according to the Elsevier research outlook report, Working Toward a Cure: Examining the State of Global Breast Cancer Research.

By analyzing major trends in article output at the international, national and institutional levels, the research landscape outlook report highlights the dynamic nature of breast cancer research across the global research landscape. A detailed analysis of research productivity in the field was performed using Scopus data and SciVal® Spotlight, a web-based research performance and planning tool. Amongst the observations, China’s output of articles pertaining to breast cancer research nearly doubled from 2006 to 2010.

“With an increasing focus on breast cancer research in China and other parts of Asia, implementation of meaningful clinical practices directed at breast cancer risk assessment, prevention, detection and diagnosis, and treatment, may keep this particular form of cancer under control,” said W.B.Coleman, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

  • The US Remains the Leader in Breast Cancer Research Article Output

Despite static growth in breast cancer research output from 2006 to 2010, the United States continues as the most prolific producer of breast cancer research, publishing more than 900 articles in 2010.

  • An Upsurge in China but Downturn in Japan

While the United States produces the greatest volume and yields the widest variety of breast cancer research, China is rapidly emerging as a key player in the field. From 2006 to 2010, global breast cancer research was driven by an upsurge in research conducted by Chinese institutions – China’s output of articles pertaining to breast cancer research nearly doubled during that time. This tremendous growth reflects China’s economic expansion and the fear that China is on the cusp of a breast cancer epidemic. Meanwhile, in the same time period, breast cancer research article output in Japan fell almost 11%, mirroring the country’s overall decrease in scientific research.

  • Switzerland:  A Bright Spot in European Research Output

Annual growth of breast cancer research article output in Germany and the United Kingdom only increased slightly – 6% and 2% per year, respectively, similar to many other European countries. Article output in European breast cancer research tended to mirror the falling budgets for overall scientific research despite continuing increases in the incidence of breast cancer.  However, breast cancer research has been increasing at exceptional rates in Switzerland; from 2006 to 2010, breast cancer research grew by almost 103%.  This explosive growth rate can be attributed to a robust Swiss investment in research and development, one which persists as the Swiss economy continues to flourish.

About Elsevier - Elsevier works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet (www.thelancet.com) and Cell (www.cell.com), and close to 20,000 book titles.


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