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Early prevention of breast cancer saves lives – Study

Havana, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Breast cancer prevails in Cuba as second leading cause of death among women, hence the significance of its prevention on the occasion of today's World Breast Cancer Day.

Figures from the country’s Health Statistical Yearbook 2022 showed that a total of 4,351 breast cancer cases were detected in women aging 20 and over 60 in 2022.

Highest breast cancer incidence was in the 45 to 59 age groups with 1,505 cases and in women between 60 and 85 years of age with 2,477 cases.

Early detection to improve the prognosis and survival of cases is the cornerstone of the fight against breast cancer in Cuba, where health system provides women with access to timely check-ups and treatment.

The date featured by the pink ribbon also promotes support and solidarity with breast cancer patients who recognizes the work done by health personnel, researchers, psychologists and even supportive groups that work tirelessly to improve their quality of life and prognosis.

The World Breast Cancer Day Every is celebrated every October 19 at the initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to highlight the commitment of society to fight off breast cancer and to raise awareness of the significance of early diagnosis and research.

According to WHO, 1.38 million new breast cancer cases and 458,000 deaths are being reported annually in both developed and developing countries.

The World Breast Cancer Day urges us to reflect on the risk factors associated with breast cancer, which can be modified through healthier lifestyle habits, eating habits and self-care.

These include frequent physical activity, alcohol consumption and smoking control, overweight and obesity, which could have an effect in reducing the incidence of breast cancer in the long term.

It should also be noted that breast cancer is not a disease exclusive to women, as a small percentage of men can also suffer from it.