WHO aims to save the lives of 2.5 million people with breast cancer by 2040


The World Health Organization (WHO) published this Friday a new ‘Framework for the Global Initiative against Breast Cancer’ that provides a new roadmap to achieve the goal of saving 2.5 million lives from this disease by 2040. .

One day before the celebration of World Cancer Day, the WHO released this report that recommends that countries implement the three pillars of health promotion for early detection, timely diagnosis and comprehensive management of breast cancer to achieve the proposed objectives.

Every year more than 2.3 million cases of breast cancer are diagnosed worldwide, making it the most common tumor among adults. In 95% of countries, this disease is the first or second leading cause of death from female cancer. However, survival in this pathology is very uneven between and within countries. In fact, almost 80% of deaths from breast and cervical cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries.

In fact, the director general of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, assured that “countries with the weakest health systems are the least able to handle the growing burden of breast cancer. It puts enormous pressure on people, families, communities, health systems and economies, so it must be a priority for ministries of health and governments around the world.”


To this he added that “we have the tools and knowledge to prevent breast cancer and save lives. WHO is helping more than 70 countries, particularly low- and middle-income countries, to detect this disease earlier, diagnose it faster, treat it better, and give everyone hope for a cancer-free future.”

Regarding the impact of this pathology among women, a study carried out in 2020 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer suggested that with an average of 4.4 million women who died of cancer this year, almost one million children They were orphaned and 25% of them were due to breast cancer.

For all these reasons, the WHO asked the countries to integrate this new report into Primary Care. In this sense, the director of Noncommunicable Diseases of the WHO, Dr. Bente Mikkelsen, pointed out that “this effort would not only support the promotion of health, but would also empower women to seek and receive health care throughout The life cycle. With effective and sustainable Primary Health Care, we can really see a path towards universal health coverage.”

The new Framework published today recommends that countries focus on early detection programs for breast cancer so that at least 60% of these tumors are diagnosed and treated at an early stage.

Similarly, remember that diagnosis of breast cancer within 60 days of initial presentation can improve outcomes and treatment should begin within three months of diagnosis.

Likewise, the WHO recommended controlling breast cancer so that at least 80% of patients complete their recommended treatment.

(SERVIMEDIA) 03-FEB-2023 6:44 PM (GMT +1) ABG/clc

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