Breast Cancer Around The World

Iconic landmarks turn pink for breast cancer campaign

Global Breast Cancer

Notable People

Actress Bipasha Basu
To create awareness for breast cancer, Bipasha and Milind Soman have teamed up for an initiative ‘Pinkathon 2012’, a running event for women.

Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu said that breast cancer is a much neglected ailment in India and most women do not take it as seriously as they should.
“I am delighted to be part of this effort to raise awareness about breast cancer. I hope the people of Mumbai support us. Breast cancer is a much neglected ailment in India, most women don’t take it as seriously as they should,” Bipasha told reporters here.
“And events like this will only help making women more aware and alert about this disease,” she said.

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Entrepreneur Angela Santiago
A recent health scare with breast cancer has caused her to review her priorities, and Ms. Santiago says she was able to take advantage of “the great team at Little Potato” for support.

The disease was caught early, and Ms. Santiago says she sees the episode as a blessing.

“You figure out on your own what you need to have to balance your personal and work lives, or the universe will tell you.”

She is on leave for a little longer, spending time with her children and travelling. But she also has her eyes on future plans for Little Potato, with plans to hit $100-million in sales, with the majority of sales being in the United States.

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Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai
Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai , GBM, GBS, CBE, JP. Fan is known for her long career in the public sector. Fan served as Chairman of the Education Commission during 1990- 1992, and Chairman of the Board of Education during 1986 – 1989 . She was the President of the Council since 1997 including the Second Legislative Council (2000–2004), First Legislative Council (1998–2000) and the Provisional Legislative Council (1997–1998). She is also a member of the Hong Kong delegation to the 11th National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China.
Fan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and underwent a mastectomy, and later she become the Honorary President of the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation and assist in enhance public awareness towards breast cancer. Besides, Fan is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the Association for Celebration of Reunification of Hong Kong with China Charitable Trust Fund, Honorary Adviser of the Hong Kong Federation of Women, Patron of Hong Kong Kidney Foundation, Hong Kong Transplant Sports Association and Whole Person Education Foundation, etc.
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Singer Agnes Chan
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Agnes Chan, a Hong Kong-born singer and television personality who is popular in Japan, has successfully undergone breast cancer surgery at a Tokyo hospital, her manager said Wednesday.
The 52-year-old Chan, also known as an essayist and novelist, is scheduled to be released from St Luke’s Hospital on Friday following her treatment there on Monday, Tsutomu Kaneko said.
“She is consulting her doctor in the hope of resuming her work as soon as possible,” he said.
A lump was discovered in Chan’s right breast on September 19 and was later diagnosed to be in the initial stage of breast cancer, the manager said.
Agnes wishes to “overcome cancer in a bright and delightful manner” and apologises for any inconvenience to her fans, he said.
Kris Hallega
At 23 Kris Hallega found out she had breast cancer. Read her fascinating story and the extraordinary foundation she started fondly (pun intended) named CoppaFeel!
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Groups & Organizations

Breast Cancer Initiative - East Africa
Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa Inc (BCIEA) is a non- profit organization dedicated to take the lead in the advancement of breast cancer surveillance and improved survival rates targeted to the most neglected population in the low income communities of East Africa.
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Breast Health Foundation - South Africa

Breast Cancer Rate In North America Twice That Of South America

Breast cancer rates in the United States are nearly double those seen in South American countries like Brazil, and experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) said today that differences in diet, weight and physical activity are important reasons why.

According to the latest global cancer statistics, 76 women per every 100,000 in the US (adjusted for age) were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, compared to just 44 women per 100,000 in South America.

Some of this difference is due to US advancements in breast cancer screening, diagnosis and record-keeping. But AICR experts stressed today that lifestyle has been shown to play a central role in breast cancer risk.

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Native American Communities and Cancer
Compiling accurate statistics for cancer rates among Native Americans is difficult. According to 2012 figures, approximately 5.2 million people—a little less than 2 percent of the total U.S. population—are American Indians or Alaska Natives, many of whom are members of one of the 566 federally recognized Indian tribes. But the population, while nearly equivalent to that of metropolitan Atlanta, is spread throughout the country and served by both Indian and non-Indian health services programs.
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Breast Cancer Australia
Cancer support organisations

In addition, State and Territory Cancer Councils provide general information about cancer as well as information on local resources and relevant support groups. The Cancer Council Helpline can be accessed from anywhere in Australia by calling 13 11 20 for the cost of a local call. Click here for a list of Cancer Councils and other cancer support organisations or go to Breast Cancer Network Australia


While Cancer Australia develops material based on the best available evidence, this information is not intended to be used as a substitute for an independent health professional’s advice. Cancer Australia does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information contained in this document.

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Irish Cancer Society
Over 1,000 people avail of Irish Cancer Society Counselling Service in support centers all across Ireland –
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World Health Organization – Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the developing world due to increase life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles. Although some risk reduction might be achieved with prevention, these strategies cannot eliminate the majority of breast cancers that develop in low- and middle-income countries where breast cancer is diagnosed in very late stages. Therefore, early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control.

Limited resource settings with weak health systems where breast cancer incidence is relatively low and the majority of women are diagnosed in late stages have the option to implement early diagnosis programmes based on awareness of early signs and symptoms and prompt referral to diagnosis and treatment.

Population-based cancer screening is a much more complex public health undertaking than early diagnosis and is usually cost-effective when done in the context of high-standard programmes that target all the population at risk in a given geographical area with high specific cancer burden, with everyone who takes part being offered the same level of screening, diagnosis and treatment services.
So far the only breast cancer screening method that has proved to be effective is mammography screening.


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