Wednesday, September 21, 2011

[EQ] The Challenge Ahead: Progress and Setbacks in Breast and Cervical Cancer

The Challenge Ahead: Progress and Setbacks in Breast and Cervical Cancer

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

Policy report available online at:

Press release:

Breast and cervical cancer in 187 countries between 1980 and 2010: a systematic analysis
Mohammad H Forouzanfar a, Kyle J Foreman a, Allyne M Delossantos a, Prof Rafael Lozano a, Prof Alan D Lopez b, Prof, Dr Christopher J L Murray  a , Mohsen Naghavi a
a Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
b University of Queensland, School of Population Health, Herston, QLD, Australia

The Lancet, 15 September 2011- doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61351-
to the paper:

“……The IHME policy report The Challenge Ahead: Progress and Setbacks in Breast and Cervical Cancer outlines global, regional, and country trends in cancer cases, deaths, and risks over the past three decades.

This is the first global assessment of country-specific trends in breast and cervical cancer for all countries by age, and the findings were simultaneously published in The Lancet on September 15, 2011.

The research shows the number of cases and deaths from breast and cervical cancer are rising in most countries, especially in the developing world where more women are dying at younger ages. For breast cancer, cases more than doubled around the world in just three decades, a pace that far exceeds global population growth. During the same period, breast cancer deaths increased at a slower rate than cases, reducing the risk of death for women in developed countries, and indicating that screening and treatment programs are having an impact.

On the other hand, cervical cancer cases and deaths increased overall at nearly the same pace, with 76% of new cases occurring in developing regions. If current trends continue, within the next two decades women under 50 will die as often from breast and cervical cancer as from maternal causes in developing countries.

Given these trends, the report lays out recommendations for policymakers, including gathering more data through expanded cancer registries, implementing new techniques in verbal autopsy where countries lack vital registration systems, conducting further studies on health policies to understand why the progress in some countries is not shared by others, and implementing further cancer control strategies. …..”



- Making breast and cervical cancer a reproductive health priority

- Breast cancer cases rise, but deaths increase at a slower pace

- Cervical cancer cases increase with little progress in reducing deaths

- Changing cancer’s course globally

- Regional overviews

- Country data

- References


The work was funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Report Content

Regional Overviews (5.3MB pdf*)
Country Data (101KB pdf*)
References (76KB pdf*)
Full Report (16.4MB pdf*) – 82 pages

William Heisel Assistant Director for External Relations

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation | University of Washington


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