Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women worldwide, with an estimated 1.7 million new cases diagnosed per year and half a million deaths annually.1,2 While breast cancer is more common in women it can also affect men however this is rare.

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women worldwide, with an estimated 1.7 million new cases diagnosed per year and half a million deaths annually.1,2 While breast cancer is more common in women it can also affect men however this is rare.

Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the breast multiply uncontrollably to form a tumour. A typical sign of breast cancer is a new lump or thickening in the breast or armpit.3

The earlier breast cancer is found the higher the chance of beating it. Breast cancer which has spread to other parts of the body is referred to as metastatic or advanced breast cancer (ABC).

Currently there is no cure for ABC which is why finding the right support and funding the right research can make all the difference. With the advances in science, technology and communication tools, it is imperative that the breast cancer community around the world joins forces to raise awareness of the disease and lobby for better outcomes for people living with ABC. The ABC Global Alliance is made up of people and organisations who are committed to develop, promote and support tangible improvements that will ultimately create awareness and actions that will improve and extend the lives of patients living with ABC worldwide.

 

The ABC Global Alliance aim is to improve and extend the lives of women and men living with ABC in all countries worldwide and to fight for a cure. To find out more please visit www.abcglobalalliance.org and be sure to follow ABC Global Alliance on Twitter and Facebook.

References

  1. 1. WHO. 2017. Breast cancer: prevention and control. Available at http://www.who.int/cancer/detection/breastcancer/en/index1.html
  2. International Agency for Research on Cancer. Breast cancer: estimated incidence, mortality and prevalence worldwide in 2012. Available at http://globocan.iarc.fr/Pages/fact_sheets_cancer.aspx
  1. Breast cancer now. What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Available at http://breastcancernow.org/about-breast-cancer/what-are-the-signs-and-symptoms-of-breast-cancer?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6bPCmovB1gIVqLftCh3a3ws8EAAYASAAEgKMWPD_BwE