Global Key Messages
National breast cancer control programs can be developed and implemented at all resource levels.
Successful breast cancer programs offer women with breast cancer the best possible outcomes while effectively using available resources.
Breast cancer care is most successful when prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliation are integrated and synchronously developed.
- Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women worldwide, affecting over 1.5 million women each year.
- Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) bear an increasing and disproportionate share of the disease burden.
- Women in low-resource settings commonly present to a healthcare facility with advanced breast cancer and have a poor prognosis (as low as 15% overall 5-year survival in some regions) and poor quality of life.
Meeting the Challenge
- Program design and improvements should be based on identified needs and barriers, outcome goals and available resources.
- Breast cancer programs should follow a defined resource stratified pathway to ensure coordinated incremental program improvements across the continuum of care.
- Comprehensive breast cancer control planning is a long-term process that requires acknowledgement that changes in population-based outcomes can take years to realize. Pilot projects, research studies and quality assurance programs that use short- and long-term process metrics can help inform future program direction.
Breast Health Global Initiative, National Cancer Institute, UICC and PAHO have developed a series of 16 brief publications, called Breast Cancer Knowledge Summaries.
The Knowledge Summaries for breast cancer control provide resource-stratified pathways to facilitate decision making by policy makers, healthcare administrators and advocates engaged in implementing breast cancer control programs at various resource levels. The Knowledge Summaries emphasize coordinated, incremental program improvements across the continuum of care to achieve the best possible outcomes at each resource level. The sixteen Knowledge Summaries for breast cancer control address planning, prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, palliative care and policy and advocacy.
Social media toolkit for the Breast Cancer Kowledge Summaries
Comprehensive Breast Cancer Control Programs: Call to Action
Improving Access to Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Risk Reduction Strategies
Breast Health Awareness and Clinical Breast Exam
Screening Mammography Programs
Clinical Assessment, Diagnostic Imaging and Staging
Breast Cancer Biopsy, Pathology and Subtypes
Locoregional Therapy: Surgery for Breast Cancer
Locoregional Therapy: Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
Systemic Therapy: Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
Systemic Therapy: Hormonal Therapy and Targeted Agents
Palliative Care during Treatment for Breast Cancer
Palliative Care for Metastatic Breast Cancer
Survivorship Care after Curative Treatment for Breast Cancer
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Planificación: Cómo Mejorar el Acceso a la Atención Para el Cáncer de Mama
Prevenicón: Factores de Riesgo y Prevenicón del Cáncer de Mama
Detección Temprana: Concientización Sobre la Salud Mamaria y Exploración Clínica de las Mamas
Detección Temprana: Fisiología de la Mama y Exploración Clínica de las Mamas