The Alarming Global Breast Cancer Epidemic
Cancer is the leading cause of disease and death worldwide and GLOBOCAN estimates that 12.7 million new cancer cases occurred worldwide every year.
Lung cancer (1.6 million, 12.7% of the total for men and women), female breast cancer (1.4 million, 10.9% of the total for women), colorectal cancer (1.2 million, 9.7% of the total for men and women) and stomach cancer (1 million, 7.8% of the total for men and women) are the most common, accounting for more than 40% of all cases diagnosed.
The rapid growth of Breast Cancer diseases now has reached such proportions that it is termed as “epidemic”. Statistics revealed in 2008 show that breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women between the ages of 20-59. In the United States, a new breast cancer case is diagnosed every 3 minutes, with 63,000 new cases being reported annually. In Singapore, Breast Cancer is the leading cancer in women.