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October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Public Health Update

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual campaign to increase awareness on Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness on cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of the breast cancer. It helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.

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Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising up steadily in the last years due to increase in life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles. (WHO).

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Key message

  • Cancer is a leading cause of premature death in every country in the world.
  • Breast cancer accounts for almost a quarter of new cancer cases among women.
  • Early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control.
  • Breast cancer is the top cancer in women worldwide and is increasing particularly in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages.

Source of Info: The Cancer Atlas, CDC and WHO

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