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WHO launches bid to tackle inequalities behind breast cancer threat


WHO launches bid to tackle inequalities behind breast cancer threat

Geneva, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) A UN-led global initiative to tackle breast cancer could save 2.5 million lives by 2040, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, just ahead of World Cancer Day.

To deal with these inequalities and to coincide with World Cancer Day on 4 February, WHO’s Global Breast Cancer Initiative seeks to reduce breast cancer mortality by 2.5% a year.

The initiative indicates breast cancer treatment should be initiated within a three-month period of the first onset, in addition to guaranteeing at least 80% of patients suffering from breast cancer to complete treatment.

WHO regretted breast cancer survival is very unequal among countries.

It pointed out that 80% of breast/cervical cancer deaths happen in low- and middle-income countries.

Each year over 2.3 million breast cancer deaths are being reported, making it most common cancer in adults.

95% of countries, breast cancer is the first- or second- leading cause of women deaths.


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