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Early Screening Could Save Your Life


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women across the world.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) tells us that although some risk reduction might be achieved with prevention, these strategies cannot eliminate the majority of breast cancers that develop in low- and middle-income countries where breast cancer is diagnosed in very late stages. Therefore, early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control.

The recommended early detection strategies for low- and middle-income countries are awareness of early signs and symptoms and screening by clinical breast examination in demonstration areas. Mammography screening is very costly and is recommended for anyone who has access to it.


The WHO promotes breast cancer control within the context of national cancer control programmes. WHO, with the support of Komen Foundation, is at present conducting a 5-year breast cancer cost-effectiveness study in 10 low- and middle-income countries. The project includes a programme costing tool to assess affordability. It is expected that the results of this project will contribute to provide evidence for shaping adequate breast cancer policies in less developed countries.


Early detection remains key to improving breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control.


One of our own members Karen Salisbury, who has recently been through her own experience of breast cancer, agreed to share her story with us in the hope that it would encourage more women to book their breast screening appointment.


To read Karen’s personal story see the full article in WomenPolice