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2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

28/10/2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Month – breast cancer survival in sub-Saharan Africa
28/10/2016 -
This fifth report in a series to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016 focuses on a study of breast cancer survival in sub-Saharan Africa.

Similar to global patterns, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in sub-Saharan Africa. In this setting, prognosis is poor, and an understanding of the biological and socioeconomic determinants of survival is needed.

A recently published article describes the African Breast Cancer - Disparities in Outcomes (ABC-DO) study, which is led by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The study aims to gain insight into when and how to implement strategies to improve breast cancer survival, through an understanding of context-specific societal, health-systems, and woman-level barriers to early detection, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment. The article presents the study protocol, which includes using a mobile health (mHealth) study management system

Dr Valerie McCormack and Dr Fiona McKenzie, scientists in the IARC Section of Environment and Radiation and the ABC-DO IARC study leaders, provide more information about the study.

African Breast Cancer-Disparities in Outcomes (ABC-DO): protocol of a multicountry mobile health prospective study of breast cancer survival in sub-Saharan Africa
McKenzie F, Zietsman A, Galukande M, Anele A, Adisa C, Cubasch H, et al.
BMJ Open 2016;6:e011390. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011390
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28/10/2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Month – alcohol consumption and breast cancer
28/10/2016 -
This fourth report in a series to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016 focuses on the association between alcohol consumption and breast cancer.

Alcohol is carcinogenic, and in 2007 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs Programme established a causal link between consumption of alcoholic beverages and breast cancer. There is still much debate about how low levels of alcohol consumption increase the risk of breast cancer in women.

A recent systematic review, led by IARC researchers, looks at the global burden of breast cancer incidence and mortality attributable to alcohol consumption. The article also estimates the increase in breast cancer risk associated with drinking alcohol, especially low levels of alcohol.

Dr Kevin Shield, lead author of the paper, provides more details about the research.

Alcohol use and breast cancer: a critical review
Shield KD, Soerjomataram I, and Rehm J
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 40(6): 1166–81;
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acer.13071
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Dr Kevin Shield, Postdoc, Section of Cancer Surveillance, IARC
27/10/2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Month – benefits of breast cancer awareness
27/10/2016 -
This third report in a series to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016 focuses on the benefits of breast cancer awareness. Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor on Cancer Control to the Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Head of the Screening Group in the IARC Section of Early Detection and Prevention, describes some of the concrete benefits that Breast Cancer Awareness Month has brought.



Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor (CCO) and Group Head, Screening Group, IARC
26/10/2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Handbook on breast cancer screening
26/10/2016 -
This second report in a series to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month focuses on the recently published Handbook on Breast Cancer Screening.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Handbooks of Cancer Prevention series provides valuable information to assist policy-makers in making informed choices based on a scientific evaluation.

For Volume 15 of the Handbooks, a Working Group of 29 independent experts convened by IARC reviewed the scientific evidence and assessed the cancer-preventive and adverse effects of various methods of screening for breast cancer.

Dr Béatrice Lauby-Secretan, who leads the IARC Handbooks series, discusses the evaluations of the Handbook on Breast Cancer Screening.

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Dr Béatrice Lauby-Secretan, Section of IARC Monographs, IARC
03/10/2016 IARC marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month
03/10/2016 -
To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is presenting a series of weekly reports, each illustrating important new research and findings about breast cancer prevention. Interviews with the scientists behind the research will be posted on the IARC website and Twitter account. This week’s report provides an overview of the disease, with a GLOBOCAN Fact Sheet showing the latest available data, graphs, and maps for breast cancer incidence and mortality worldwide.
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