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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.
Breast Cancer Knows No Borders

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)

The World Health Organization predicts incidents of breast cancer in less-developed countries could increase by as much as 60 percent between 2010 and 2030.

Urbanization and economic development have a lot to do with that. (Video via United Nations

Specifically, the American Cancer Society points to risk factors like obesity, Western-style diets, physical inactivity and women having fewer children. 

So, in countries with limited health-care resources where mammograms aren't always affordable, what's the answer? (Video via United Nations

The U.S.-based Breast Global Health Solution says there are low-cost alternatives, including clinical breast examinations.

Breast cancer education and awareness is also key. After all, a woman won't notice a warning sign she doesn't know to look for.

This video includes images from Getty Images.