Breast Cancer Knows No Borders
In low-income countries, where breast cancer education and treatment options are scarce, survival rates can dip below 40 percent.By Elizabeth Hagedorn | September 29, 2015
If there's one big myth surrounding breast cancer, it's that it's a disease of the wealthy. When in fact, breast cancer is now the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in low- and middle-income countries. (Video via Susan G. Komen)
So, women are dealing with breast cancer worldwide. But where in the world a woman lives effectively determines her prognosis.
In North America, survival rates are as high as 80 percent. In some low-income countries, where extreme poverty makes it hard to seek care, survival rates are well below 40 percent. And even when women do receive care, their diagnosis is often late — making treatment less effective. (Video via Susan G. Komen)