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What is
Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. About 1.67 million new cases are diagnosed worldwide, and over 500,000 women die of the disease each year. This means that one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer somewhere in the world every 20 seconds and more than three women die of breast cancer every five minutes worldwide.

Breast cancer is also the
leading cause of cancer death
amongst women.

What is Breast Cancer?

A woman dies of breast cancer every single minute

An estimated 15.128 million years of healthy life are lost globally to breast cancer


Did You
Know

Men can also get
breast cancer

Men

Breast Cancer
Know More

Breast Cancer is the most frequent cancer among women...

Breast Cancer represents of all cancers

22% increase since 2008

Since 2008 there has been a 22% increase in the incidence of the breast cancer.

Breast Cancer isn’t
Just One Disease

HER2 - Positive HER2 - Positive
Hormone Receptor Positive Hormone Receptor Positive
Triple Negative Triple Negative

Knowing which type of breast cancer a patient has can help guide decisions about which treatments are most suitable.


Women

Approximately one in five breast cancer cases
are in women under the age of 50.

Diagnosing Breast Cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body is vital.


An estimated
98%
of women diagnosed with early breast cancer live for at least five years.


An estimated
24%
of women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer live for at least five years.

Symptoms of
Breast Cancer

That is why it is important to recognize the symptoms...

A lump or swelling in the breast or armpit
Change in the size or shape of the breast
Skin dimpling in the breast
Inverted nipple
Eczema-like rash on the nipple
Discharge from the nipple

Risk Factors
Breast Cancer

It is also important to know the risk factors for breast cancer.

Some risk factors can be
reduced or controlled

Drinking Alcohol

Drinking Alcohol

Being Overweight

Being Overweight

Smoking

Smoking

While some factors
are unavoidable

Gender

Gender

Age

Age
80% of breast cancer occurs in women over the age of 50.

Family History

Family History
5% of people diagnosed have inherited one of the breast cancer genes: BRCA1, BRCA2 or TP53

Knowing the symptoms of breast cancer and what risk factors you can control is essential.

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