Reports warn of explosion in cancer deaths among women

A woman's agency - that is, her ability to seek and receive an accurate diagnosis and care early in the course of disease - can be the difference between life and death.

According to the paper about 1.7 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in 140 countries. What is causing the increase?

The global community can not continue to ignore the problem, said co-author Richard Sullivan, professor of cancer and global health at King's College London in England.

It was presented Tuesday at the World Cancer Congress in Paris.

"For this appraisal we've been able to consider updated results from the trial used in the original guidance that show women taking eribulin lived on average nearly 3 months longer compared with women taking other treatments", noted Professor Carole Longson MBE, director of the centre for health technology evaluation at NICE.

This highlights the huge inequalities in access to prevention, early detection, and treatment, researchers said. The Lancet series spotlights how low-income nations might shoulder much of the rising disease burden, citing 2012 sources that show 14.1 million new cases worldwide with 8.2 million deaths, 65 percent of those deaths were from "less developed regions". Colorectal, lung and cervical cancers are the three other deadliest types.

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A woman diagnosed with breast cancer in most high-income countries is very likely to survive. "Recent estimates suggest that a basic cancer control package could be introduced in low- and middle-income countries for as little as $1.72 per person - equivalent to just 3 percent of current health spending in these countries".

But they said the way the NHS assesses cancer drugs must be overhauled, questioning why it has taken such a long time for the treatment to be made available. "But nothing could be further from the truth", said research leader Ophira Ginsburg, a professor at the University of Toronto.

The post Breast cancer deaths might double by 2030, reports say appeared first on PBS NewsHour. This Series clearly shows that high-impact, cost-effective interventions exist for countries at all stages of development. A-Fordable Tree Service have also been actively playing their part in spreading awareness about breast cancer through their Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Truck which has been the Maryland area throughout October and for the rest of the year. "But there are several low-priced, feasible interventions that do not require specialised care in hospital or massive capital investment, and which could be integrated into existing health-care programmes", explains co-author Professor Lynette Denny from Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Prof Sullivan added that by 2030, this situation could be turned around if policy-makers, politicians and healthcare professionals take action now.

  • Myrtle Hill