During October, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) will mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a series of videos, tweets, and infographics focusing on the global burden of breast cancer. In 2018, there were an estimated 2.1 million new cases of breast cancer and 627 000 deaths from breast cancer worldwide.
Check out the IARC YouTube channel and Twitter account over the coming weeks to stay up to date and learn more about how IARC scientists and partners are tackling breast cancer, the most common cancer type in women and the second most common cancer type overall.Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019 Videos
African Breast Cancer Research Network – Disparities in Outcomes (ABC-DO) in Africa
Dr Moses Galukande is a professor of surgery and the chair of the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda. His work has a strong focus on breast cancer, including risk factors, mutation patterns, overexpression of heat shock proteins, and triple-negative breast cancer.
Dr Galukande is one of the partners working on the African Breast Cancer – Disparities in Outcomes (ABC-DO) research project, a multi-country study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to address the low breast cancer survival rates in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Galukande is an advocate for strengthening health-care systems and improving the delivery of health services, to better achieve public health results. His work has examined how to tackle these challenges in different ways, such as by implementing actions that ensure the preparation of the inputs needed for the provision of services, by addressing issues at both the individual level and the population level, and by taking various stages of health care into account – from health promotion and disease prevention activities to aspects related to treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.
Dr Moses Galukande
Department of Surgery, School of Medicine
College of Health Sciences
Makerere University, Uganda.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019: Behaviours to adopt to reduce your risk of breast cancer
Not all cases of breast cancer can be prevented, but some can. Certain risk factors for breast cancer, such as genetics, are inherent to an individual and cannot be changed. Others are related to a person’s lifestyle. This animation highlights some of the things that affect your risk of developing breast cancer and some behaviours you can adopt to reduce your risk.
Learning how to check your breasts and knowing what looks and feels normal for you is important. Unusual changes could be a sign of a problem. Speaking with a health-care provider about any unusual changes that you notice could help them to diagnose a health condition at an early stage. For breast cancer, stage at diagnosis is a critical factor, which determines not only the types of treatment available but also the chances of survival.
Learn more from the European Code Against Cancer
Behaviours to adopt to reduce your risk of breast cancer
Prevenir le cancer du sein
Chaque année, le mois d’octobre est l’occasion d’une campagne de sensibilisation sur le cancer du sein. Dr Mathilde His, Postdoctorante au Centre International de Recherche sur le Cancer revient sur l’importance de la recherche en prévention afin de mieux comprendre les facteurs de risque liés à ce cancer.
Dr Mathilde His
Postdoctorante au CIRC
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019: Things to avoid to reduce your risk of breast cancer
A person’s habits can affect their risk of developing breast cancer. Not all cases of breast cancer can be prevented, but some can. Certain risk factors for breast cancer, such as genetics, are inherent to an individual and cannot be changed. Others are related to a person’s lifestyle. This infographic highlights some of the things to avoid to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
Learn more from the European Code Against Cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019: Inequalities in incidence and mortality
Breast cancer is diagnosed in women in high-income countries more than twice as frequently as it is diagnosed in women in low- and middle-income countries. Although the incidence rates are much higher in high-income countries, the mortality rates are almost the same in both types of countries.
Improving access to timely diagnosis and treatment could improve outcomes and save lives in low- and middle-income countries, where most new cases of breast cancer and most deaths from breast cancer occur.
This infographic highlights the inequalities faced by women with breast cancer in low- and middle-income countries.
Learn more about the global burden of breast cancer.
Read the fact sheet on breast cancer