Two new reports have warned of an increase in cancer deaths among women worldwide, with a toll, mainly from breast cancer, of some 5.5 million per year by 2030. This is close to a 60 per cent increase in less than two decades, according to an analysis conducted by the American Cancer Society.
Another report published in The Lancet this week said the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer alone could almost double to 3.2 million a year by 2030 from 1.7 million in 2015.
The research also found that breast and cervical cancers receive far less funding, advocacy, and public and political attention in low-income and middle-income countries. This was attributed to other women’s health issues – such as reproductive and maternal health – being of higher priority, with cancers also too difficult and expensive to prevent and treat in poorer countries.
Women in Australia have access to free breast screens, with women aged 50-74 encouraged to screen every two years. Victorian women can book their free screen through BreastScreen Victoria by calling 13 20 50 or at bookings.