The World Health Organization (WHO), has published a new “Framework to the Global Initiative against Breast Cancer” on Friday. This document provides a roadmap for reaching the goal of saving 2.5 Million lives from breast cancer until 2040.
This document was presented on the eve of World Cancer Day. It recommends that countries invest in programs to detect and treat breast cancer early.
It is recommended that breast cancer be diagnosed within 60 days after its first presentation. This will improve the outcome. The first presentation should be followed up with treatment within three months. They are also committed to preventing breast cancer and ensuring that at least 80 percent of patients receive the recommended treatment.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in adults, with more than 2.3 Million cases annually. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death from female cancer in 95 percent of countries.
However, breast cancer survival rates are highly variable between countries. Nearly 80 percent of cervical and breast cancer deaths occur in low and moderate-income countries.
“Countries with the weakest health systems are less able to handle the increasing burden of breast cancer. It burdens families, communities, individuals, and health systems. Therefore, it should be a priority for governments and ministries of health around the globe. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, stated that we have the knowledge and tools to prevent breast cancer and save people’s lives.
According to the United Nations International Health Organization, breast cancer can devastate women. A 2020 study by The International Agency for Research on Cancer shows that nearly one million children will be left behind by cancer. 25 percent of the estimated 4.4 million women will die from breast cancer by 2020.
They warn that children who lose their mothers to cancer will experience health and educational disadvantages all their lives. This can lead to economic and social problems and chronic and generational socio-economic disorders.
“Countries must ensure that all embrace this framework and its integration into primary health care. This would support health promotion and empower women to access health care at all stages of their lives. We can see the way to universal health coverage with effective and sustainable primary healthcare,” stated Bente Mikkelsen, WHO Director for Noncommunicable diseases.
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