Sharp Increase in Breast and Other Cancer Deaths Among Women Expected by 2030

Sharp Increase in Breast and Other Cancer Deaths Among Women Expected by 2030
Two recent reports focusing on the care of women with  breast cancer and other cancers in low- and middle-income countries are reporting an up to 60 percent possible rise in disease-related deaths — affecting as many as 5.5 million women — through 2030. One report, by researchers with the American Cancer Society (ACS), “The Global Burden of Cancer in Women,” was released at the recent World Cancer Congress in Paris. The study was compiled in cooperation with Merck. It based its estimates on population growth and aging, but said that younger women in developing countries would be most affected. "Most of the deaths occur in young- and middle-aged adults,” Sally Cowal, senior vice president of global health at ACS and a co-author, said in a press release. The report also highlights that cancer is now second to  cardiovascular disease as a leading cause of death among women worldwide. Breast and lung cancer are the most common cancer types in all countries, with colorectal cancer being the third leading cause of mortality in developed nations and cervical cancer in less developed one. All four are mostly preventable and can be detected early, when treatment is more effective. Cowal added that women in poorer countries are becoming increasingly exposed to known cancer risk factors, such as physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, high obesity rates, and postponed motherhood — factors also associated with rapid economic transition. Because o
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