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HEALTH PLUS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT

Across the globe, Breast Cancer affects 1.38 million NEW CASES yearly, almost the total population of Trinidad and Tobago. Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising steadily in the last years.

This year, more than ever, there is a need to focus on breast cancer. According to WHO, “The majority of deaths (269 000) occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages due mainly to lack of awareness on early detection and barriers to health services.” “If no action is taken, and with the COVID-19 pandemic still creating chaos around the globe, there is no saying what the impact of COVID-19 may be on breast cancer patients.”

The month of October every year is dedicated to creating awareness about breast cancer and rightly so!

The goal is to show every woman that her life is important and to ensure that every woman has access to education, screening, early detection, treatment, support and HOPE.

2020 has been a powerful reminder that we are all in this together, and our choices and actions have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us in a big way. The same holds true when it comes to breast cancer. Knowing it exists is not enough!