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According to The International Agency For Research On Cancer:
- Breast cancer is from far the most frequent of all female diagnosed cancers: 1 woman out of 3 in EUROPE and in the entire world.
- In France, an estimation based on ratios says that 1 woman out of 10 will be touched by breast cancer during her life.
- Every second, 1 woman is diagnosed suffering from breast cancer, somewhere in Europe.
- Lung cancer and breast cancer are the most fatal for the whole population in Europe, in the United-States and even at an international level.
- However, breast cancer is the first reason of death of women suffering from cancer in Europe (1 out of 8 is breast cancer).
In 2012, nearly 88,000 of patients lost their lives because of breast cancer, which is almost equivalent to the London Wembly stadium (FYI: 90,000 people and the 2nd largest stadium in Europe).
Men do have mammary glands, even if they are smaller. Nevertheless they are also affected by this disease (less than 1% of the cases).
It is essential to inform and to raise awareness, to avoid late diagnosis finding a cancer at a serious stage.
Breast cancer is the most frequent for European women, but the mortality rate is low and getting lower.
A substantial decrease of death by cancer was up to 9% in 2012 in Europe, even with young women who are more impervious to treatments and for whom cancer is usually more aggressive.
It is possible to estimate that these improvements are due to therapy progress, but also to awareness and detection campaigns, that allow us to detect cancers as fast as possible. (Source: Survey published in Annals of Oncology, 2012).