Posted on October 22 2015
Early Detection is Key in Fighting Breast Cancer
It is truly inspiring how many companies and individuals organize initiatives to promote breast cancer awareness during the month of October. Here on the blog we’ve have briefly talked about the efforts taken by Estée Lauder through their #BCAStrength campaign and our attendance of the Amal Canal Grande Venice Think Pink Dinner . We just wanted to go a step further and provide some more info about this disease that is increasingly affecting the lives of women today.
In 2012, there were 1.7 million reported cases of breast cancer worldwide. North America has one of the highest incidences of breast cancer, which explains the impressive amount of programs aimed at educating and spreading awareness during breast cancer awareness month. One of the forefront messages is early detection. When detected early, with adequate diagnosis and treatment, there is a better chance of the breast cancer being cured. The American Cancer Society encourages woman to get yearly mammograms starting at the age of 40 and women in their 20’s and 30’s to have clinical breast exams preferably every 3 years. Mammography is a low dose x ray procedure that allows visualisation of the internal structure of the breast. Combined with random screenings, mammograms can reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer by 15 to 20% in the United States and even by one third of the cases in Europe.
If breast cancer is detected early by mammography, it can lead to a broader range of treatment options, including less extensive surgery such as having a lumpectomy instead of a mastectomy. There is also the use of chemotherapy with fewer side effects and sometimes, if detected rather early the option to forgo chemotherapy.
According to the World Health Organization, out of 100,000 people, Belgium and Denmark had the highest rates of breast cancer. Although North America has the highest incidences of breast cancer overall, but thanks to the technology and awareness has a higher proportion of breast cancer survivors after five years. Breast Cancer Awareness is so important because most deaths due to breast cancer are in low and middle income countries where most women are diagnosed too late because of lack of awareness and barriers to health services.
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