GLOBAL BURDEN OF BREAST CANCER:

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among women, accounting for 23% (1.38 million) of the total cancer cases and 14% (458,400) of the cancer deaths worldwide (GLOBOCAN 2008). In India, the incidence and mortality rates have been increasing, with over 115,000 new breast cancer cases estimated annually (National Cancer Registry Program report; Bloomberg December 2013). Pakistan has one of the highest rates of breast cancer mortality with an estimated 40,000 deaths per year.

 

Prevention and Screening Strategies:

Guidelines for healthy living: maintain a healthy weight, engage in physical activity and eat a healthy diet.

Mammography is a screening tool using low energy X-rays to examine and create an image (mammograms) of the breast. Mammograms can detect early signs of breast cancer.

Clinical Breast Exam is part of a physical exam provided by a health-care provider.

Breast Aware - suggests that women should be familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel.