Global cancer cases seen surging 75 percent by 2030 - AIRC STUDY
Jun 12 - The number of people with cancer is likely to surge by more than --75 percent across the world by 2030, with particularly sharp rises in poor countries as they adopt unhealthy “Westernized” lifestyles, a study said last week.
Lessons from the World: A Mother's Day Tribute Inspired by breast cancer lobbying on Capitol Hill
May 12 - Last September, the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) said, “Enough!” Enough of the incremental progress. Enough of the awareness campaigns. Enough of relying on hope as a strategy for ending breast cancer. BreastSens went with the NBCC to Capitol Hill 3 days ago to lobby for CHANGE.
BreastSens reaches out to Section 27 for support in new South African struggle: Making Cancer A Priority
May 21 - The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) waged and won a tenacious battle against the Government's Aids denialism that claimed thousands of poor South African's lives. A new health struggle is brewing - making the Government to take CANCER seriously and to MAKE IT A NATIONAL HEALTH PRIORITY. BreastSens is proud to have S27 on board.
Breast Cancer Screening Matters, but Prevention Is The Real Goal (New York Times)
- A decision by the nation’s leading breast cancer advocacy group, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to largely cut off financing for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood set off howls of outrage last week. Once again, it seemed, political gamesmanship was jeopardizing women’s health.
Study questions the protective factor of multi births against breast cancer
- Medical practitioners rely on an agreed "grid of symptoms" to diagnose of diseases. These guidelines are for the most part reliable but tend to shift and change as new scientific findings emerge. There a standard questions asked of women consulting on breast health issues and few focus on a woman's reproductive history. The number of live births delivered was once thought to be a protective factor against breast cancer but evidence from a new study suggests that multi-parity might be a risk factor for a difficult to treat form of breast cancer.
African ancestry linked to high-risk breast cancer, study finds
Jan 30 - A study finds that African ancestry is linked to triple-negative breast cancer, a more aggressive type of cancer that has fewer treatment options.
Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that, among women with breast cancer, 82 percent of African women were triple negative, 26 percent of African-Americans were and 16 percent of white Americans were.
Triple negative breast cancer is negative for three specific markers that are used to determine treatment: the estrogen receptor, the progesterone receptor and HER-2/neu.
Lifting the shirt off male breast cancer
- Mention of male breast cancer is always met with disbelief. Like with women attending breast cancer awareness talks, men clutch their breasts in panic when the disease is mentioned as off to fob it off. The breast-loss panic reflex, I call it. That intense fear the listener faces, "I too, could lose my breasts to breast cancer." Many women have been diagnosed but indeed, men too have breast cancer.
South African National Patients Rights Charter
- The national Department of Health is constantly under fire for the sub-standard healthcare services rendered to the public. The Limpopo Province's Department of Health is currently under curatorship because of the alarming financial irregularities which have all but wiped out the public health system there. Gauteng Province's Department of Health is no better, with billions of Rands owed to health services providers. Most patients do not know that they have rights and should lobby and make government and public health policy makers to account.
WHO Referral Guidelines for Breast and Cervical Cancers in LMICs
- Dr Magrath attended a two-day meeting at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva on November 23rd and 24th. He worked with Drs Cecelia Sepulveda of WHO and Sankaranarayanan of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to draft guidelines for the referral of women with suspected breast or cervical cancer at the primary health care (PHC) level in low resource settings to higher level hospitals for further investigations
A breast cancer diagnosis 11 days before Christmas
- The words "you have cancer" are vile at the best of times but must be even wrenching when received at a time when most of the world is gripped with Christmas merriment. The Breast Buddies counselled three women reeling from the shock of a breast cancer diagnosis 11 days before Christmas. This is their story.
A study released on 09/12/11 - questions the net benefit of breast screening
- There is raging conflict on the health benefits versus the harm of mammogram screening. North American and their European counterparts differ on the age a woman ought to start going for the tests and how regularly this should be done. Are the benefits enough to mitigate the possible harms?
A million Africans a year dying from cancer by 2030: What can cancer research and control offer to the continent?
- In Africa, there were an estimated 681,000 new cancer cases and 512,000 deaths in 2008. Projections to 2030 show a startling rise, with corresponding figures of 1.27 million cases and 0.97 million deaths resulting from population growth and aging alone. The figures make no assumptions about incidence rates which may increase due to the further introduction of tobacco and a more westernized lifestyle.
AORTIC conference in Cairo a resounding success
- The African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) in Cairo, Egypt, proceeded as scheduled despite the political turmoil in the country. Some delegates and sponsors withdrew their attendance but the conference was a resounding success and a great showcase of African oncology expertise for those of us who attended.
Breast Buddies trained to help newly diagnosed patients
- BreastSens collaborated with People Living With Cancer (PLWC) to train volunteer patient counsellors. Itumeleng Letoaba who wrote a blog for us about her journey with breast cancer is one of them. Read the full story courtesy of PLWC's VISION Newsletter November/December 2011 edition.
Beating Breast Cancer by Dr Paul Erasmus
- Dr Paul Erasmus a medical doctor and cardiothoracic surgeon writes says "lifestyle is the current buzzword in preventative medicine, and yet it is so simple and so true". He offers tips on how women can decrease their breast cancer risk.
Counting the cost of cancer in South Africa
- South Africa is dominated by preventable cancers and screening is an issue
Cancer is the fourth biggest killer of South Africans, in spite of the fact that the most common cancers are treatable if detected early enough.
This was the message from Dr Barry Kistnasamy from the National Cancer Registry (NCR) to delegates at the Board of Healthcare Funders' conference, held in Sun City on 11 July 2011.
The conference attracted over 900 local and international delegates from the healthcare industry, including healthcare professionals, policy makers and regulators.
Get a Better Breast Biopsy
- When it comes to cancer, screening tests such as mammograms grab the limelight (and controversy). But many people do not realize that the biopsy - in which a small sample of the suspected cancer is analyzed to determine if the disease is present and what treatment is needed - is key to getting the best care.
New study suggests most women with breast cancer were not saved by mammograms, despite beliefs
- The probability that a woman with screen-detected breast cancer avoids dying from the disease because of mammography is just 13%, according to a study published this month in the Archives of Internal Medicine. This contradicts the popular belief that routine screening will "save my life."
Global Task Force On Expanding Access to Cancer Cancer and Control in Developing Countries (GTF.CCC)
- AN INITIATIVE CONVENED BY THE HARVARD GLOBAL EQUITY INITIATIVE, THE HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL, THE HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE
Objective: The mandate of The Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries (GTF.CCC) is to design, implement and evaluate innovative, multi-stakeholder strategies for expanding access to cancer prevention, detection and care. Through local partners, the GTF.CCC supports implementation of innovative service in delivery models that can provide evidence for scaling up access to cancer care and control, and strengthening health systems in developing countries.
BreastSens supports NBCC breastcancerdeadline2020
Oct 23 - Progress has been made in the treatment of breast cancer over the past four decades. Though these medical advances are welcome breast cancer advocates, most of whom are women and men who have had the disease, are pushing for a concerted focus to end breast cancer. BreastSens supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC)'s breastdeadline2020. Awareness and prevention are not enough.
HGEI summary: "Integrating women's cancer programs and control with women and health: identifying platforms, synergies and opportunities for actions"
Oct 27 - Harvard Global Equity Initiative co-organized a consultation on "Integrating women's cancer care and control with women and health: identifying platforms, synergies and opportuities for actions" on March 10-11, 2011 with collaborating partners: Cluster on Family and Community Health of the World Health Organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Health Alliance, the Harvard School of Public Health Special Initiative in Women and Health, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Women's cancers care the leading causes of death in LMICs.
AORTIC pays tribute to Professor Wangari Maathai
- The African Organization For Research & Training In Cancer (AORTIC) issued an official statement to its members about the death from (cervical) cancer of Professor Wangai Maathai today.
Cervical is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths for women in most African countries, including South Africa - with breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer related mortality.
Improving Breast Cancer Control via the Use of Community Health Workers in South Africa: A Critical Review.
- Breast cancer is a growing concern in low- and middle-income countries (LMCs). We explore community health worker (CHW) programs and describe their potential use in LMCs. We use South Africa as an example of how CHWs could improve access to breast health care because of its middle-income status, existing cancer centers, and history of CHW programs. CHWs could assume three main roles along the cancer control continuum: health education, screening, and patient navigation. By raising awareness about breast cancer through education, women are more likely to undergo screening. Many more women can be screened resulting in earlier-stage disease if CHWs are trained to perform clinical breast exams. As patient navigators, CHWs can guide women through the screening and treatment process. It is suggested that these roles be combined within existing CHW programs to maximize resources and improve breast cancer outcomes in LMCs.
Metastatic breast cancer is the real killer
- "...the pink-ribbon campaign has raised awareness about breast cancer, it masks a relentless killer.
“People like the pretty story with the happy ending,” she said. “We don’t have the happy ending.
“You always hear stories about women who ‘battled it’ and ‘how courageous’ they were. Cancer doesn’t care if you’re courageous. It’s an injustice to all of us who have this. There are women who are no less strong and no less determined to be here, and they’ll be dead in two years.” Dr. Hebert
American Cancer Society (ACS) releases global cancer report
- "Presents data on the estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths in 2008, both worldwide and by level of economic development, as well as detailed information on select cancer sites. Includes a special section on cancer in Africa" (ACS).