Breast Cancer Awareness Month: The Numbers Behind the Pandemic

International Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be celebrated throughout October with the aim of raising awareness of the disease. Among other things, there will be seminars and campaigns of the Association for the War on Cancer and various activities throughout the country during the month.

As part of the international awareness campaign to promote the fight against breast cancer shared by the Estee Lauder group in Israel and the Association for the War on Cancer, Timna Pink Park, one of the most fascinating and beautiful sites in Israel in the southern Arava, will be lit this year. Timna Park is part of about 200 sites around the world that will be illuminated during the coming month in pink lights.


Park will be avoided in red | Photo: Association for the War on Cancer


Every year, the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Association for the War on Cancer, publishes the updated data on breast cancer in Israel:

  1. Breast cancer is responsible for about a third of all new cancers each year in all women. This is the most common malignant disease among women in all population groups in Israel.
  2. The main morbidity in both invasive and targeted breast cancer is in women over the age of 50. 1.1%, which are 52 women in total, of all cases of invasive breast cancer in 2018 were diagnosed in women under the age of 30.
  3. The upward trend in the field of early detection continues – 69% of women were diagnosed at an early stage.
  4. 1,042 women died in Israel from invasive breast cancer. This is the most common cause of cancer mortality among women, accounting for about one.fifth of all cancer deaths in Israeli women. Most mortality is in women in the older age groups. About 14% of the deceased (146 women) were younger than 50 at the time of their death.
  5. The significant downward trend in mortality has continued at a rate of about 2% per year since 1996.
  6. Compared to the countries with the highest rates in the world, Israel is in 26th place in the number of new patients per year, but in a relatively low place – 69 – in terms of mortality from breast cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)) For a year 2020, Breast cancer is the first most prevalent in terms of incidence (total of 2,261,419 cases) and in terms of mortality (total of 684,996 cases) among women worldwide.

Breast cancer (Photo: Shutterstock)
The cause of death is common among women | Photo: Shutterstock


Recommendations of the Association for the War on Cancer to reduce the risk of developing cancer Demon:

  • Active and healthy lifestyle: About a third of all breast cancer cases can be prevented by adopting a healthy and active lifestyle. Studies show that there is a link between exercise and a reduced risk of breast cancer, especially after menopause. Exercise reduces the risk of developing breast cancer, regardless of the risk factor associated with body weight.
  • Maintaining a normal body weight: In order to prevent obesity and maintain a normal body weight – it is recommended to find the right balance between calorie intake and physical activity (energy balance). Being overweight and inactive increases the risk of breast cancer.
  • Avoidance of behavior patterns that may increase the risk of getting sick: Smoking, inactivity, obesity, sun exposure and alcohol consumption that have been shown to increase the risk of cancer should be avoided.
  • nursing: It has been scientifically proven that breastfeeding reduces a mother’s risk of developing breast cancer. Aside from the baby’s health, this is another reason to recommend breastfeeding.

By Editor

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