About breast cancer
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, with more than 2.2 million cases in 2020. Statistics indicate that one in 12 women will face this disease in the throughout his life.
Most deaths from breast cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage, mainly due to low awareness and barriers to accessing services of health.
International day against breast cancer
On October 19 of each year, World Breast Cancer Day is commemorated. This date aims to raise awareness among the population with a key message: the importance of early detection, in order to improve the prognosis and survival of breast cancer cases, which continues to be the cornerstone of the fight against this disease.
Breast cancer in Mexico
In 2020, around 90,000 Mexican women died as a result of this disease. And it is that in the country, most cases are detected in advanced stages.
This is related to the lack of a culture of self-examination and regular visits to the doctor; however, another factor that plays a fundamental role from the perspective of Dr. Francisco Olguín is the fear of receiving a discouraging diagnosis.
“One of the reasons why there is also the stigma of not self-examination is for fear of detecting something and the fear of going to the doctor. That is where the paradigm needs to change. If we go to the worst scenario – that a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer – it is not synonymous with a death sentence. Nowadays there are different therapeutic options that can change the course of the disease”, she emphasized.