Hope for breast cancer patients

2019-06-05 06:01
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BREAST cancer remains the leading cause of cancer in women in South Africa, with a 22% increase in incidence since 2008.

It was recently estimated that by 2030 the number of women diagnosed globally with breast cancer will increase to almost 3.2 million per year.

This places their families and the economy at a great disadvantage. While increased awareness and improved access to diagnostics and treatment have improved the outlook for women with breast cancer, for many in South Africa the disease is only diagnosed when it has reached an advanced stage. While earlier diagnosis is essential, in recent years medical advances have enabled those with even the most aggressive forms of the disease to live significantly longer.

Even though breast cancer is most common in women, men are not immune to the disease. One percent of cancers in men have been attributed to breast cancer.

At a press conference on Thursday, May 16, Dr. Carlos Barrios, Director of the Oncology Research Centre at Hospital São Lucas in Brazil, discussed the different types of breast cancer, why earlier diagnosis is so important, and what treatment advances can mean for patients. Understanding that cancer is a global concern, Dr. Barrios has offered his knowledge and expertise to 270 industry sponsored and academic clinical trials.

As options for women with this disease increase, it is the ideal time to bring awareness on breast cancer and available treatments and how it can contribute to improved patient outcomes. The long-term goal is to prevent and cure all cancers, and with Roche’s passion for development, we will continue to advance cancer treatments.

Roche has been leading research into breast cancer for decades and remains committed to finding new ways to tackle the disease with the goal of improving patient outcomes and bringing them closer to cure. Our unwavering goal is to improve the lives of patients and to develop new treatments that increase the chance of cure.

“Strong, healthy women are the foundation of families, of our country, and today in South Africa their health is threatened by a disease that we must catch early and provide these women with additional tools to fight the disease”, Dr Kgothatso Motumi said.

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