By: Bruce Misbahu Bulmuo

?The global incidence of breast cancer has increased by more than 20% over the last 5 years, according to latest statistics on cancer revealed by the International Agency for Research on Cancers (IARC), a specliazed agency of the World Health Organization in a press release issued in Geneva.

wpid-breast-cancer.jpgMortality caused by breast cancer has also increased by 14% and the disease continues to be the leading cause of death among women, it accounted for the deaths of 522,000 women in 2012.

GLOBOCAN 2012 highlight that priority should be given to cancer prevention and control measures for breast and cervical cancer globally.

?Breast cancer is also a leading cause of cancer death in the less developed countries of the world. This is partly because a shift in lifestyles is causing an increase in incidence, and partly because clinical advances to combat the disease are not reaching women living in these regions? says Dr. David Forman, head of the IARC section of Cancer Information.

The rise in incidence in developing countries of the world is associated to societal and economic changes. ?The shift towards lifestyles of industrialized countries leads to a rising burden of cancers associated with reproductive, dietary, and hormonal risk factors?.

The press release notes that although the incidence rates of breast cancer is high in developed countries, the less developed countries account for more mortality as a results of late detection and lack of access to treatment facility.

?In contrast, breast cancer mortality rates in these two regions are almost identical at about 15 per 100,000, which clearly points to a later diagnosis and much poorer survival in eastern Africa? the release added.

The Director of IARC, Dr. Christopher Wild, called for an urgent cancer control mechanism that would be effective and affordable to aid early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer in developing countries.




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