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To Address Breast Cancer Globally, 3 Things Are Essential

To Address Breast Cancer Globally, 3 Things Are Essential


Elaine Schattner  – Forbes Contributor

At one of the opening sessions of the 37th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Dr. Benjamin Anderson of the University of Washington spoke on breast cancer as a worldwide health problem. He, a surgeon and breast cancer specialist, leads the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI).*

He considered the disease’s toll. “It is the most likely reason a woman will die of cancer around the globe,” he stated.

In 2012, the World Health Organization’s IARC estimated 1.67 million breast cancer cases worldwide, and 522,000 deaths from the disease per year. Deaths from breast cancer occur disproportionately in less developed world regions. In impoverished countries, women tend to present with more advanced tumors and, if they have breast cancer, are more likely to die from the disease.

Three things are essential to advance the well-being of breast cancer patients around the world, Anderson said. He attributed the “triad” to his colleague, David. B. Thomas, an epidemiologist who has studied breast cancer in China and elsewhere.

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