Around the world, more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The number of women with breast cancer is on the rise, according to a new global report. In the first review of breast and cervical cancer rates from around the world, researchers found that the number of new breast cancer cases has increased from about 641,000 cases in 1980 to 1.6 million cases in 2010.
The study was funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and urges world leaders and health professionals to help with screening, treatment and education in poor nations, which don't have access to as good of care. Women in developed countries have lower rates due regular screening, vaccines, drug therapies and anti-smoking policies -- although an aging population, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle are increasing rates in the United States.
There is some good news though. The study did find that although the number of cases has increased in the last three decades, the number of deaths due to breast and cervical cancer actually dropped. To lower your risk of suffering from breast cancer, be sure to eat a plant-based diet, workout and do monthly self exams!