September 30, 2019
October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, which helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year. 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 an increase in life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.
Currently, there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer; therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. In fact, there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today (more than any other group of cancer survivors). If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option. In such cases, palliative care to relief the suffering of patients and their families is needed.
The majority of deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages due mainly to lack of awareness on early detection and barriers to health services.
The World Health Organization promotes comprehensive breast cancer control programs as part of national cancer control plans. The recommended early detection strategies for low- and middle-income countries are awareness of early signs and symptoms and screening by clinical breast examination in demonstration areas.
By sharing our support, at the Institute of Interventional Oncology (IDOI México), we stand with the families facing breast cancer today and spread awareness about Breast Cancer Awareness month.