The Global Breast Care Initiative, a division of the Global Initiative, was founded in 2015 in an effort to change our approach to breast cancer detection. Recent advances in breast scanning technology have the potential to significantly reduce breast cancer-related disparities for minorities and the medically under served all over the world.
These advances have also raised the issue that the ongoing concerns associated with mammography breast screen which include in the developed world point of access, financial burden, psychosocial issues, frequently changing international screening guidelines, medical concerns with over diagnosis and treatment and fear and radiation are not as different from the developing counterparts – the reasons breast cancer is still the number 2 killing worldwide may just be more complicated than mammogram access.
“Early detection saves lives” applies to more than just breast cancer. The Global Initiative believes that by combining world resources, education, compassion and cutting edge technology, it is possible to identify the many areas of need required to improve the health and opportunities of women of all ages.
When breast cancer is detected early the 5-year relative survival rate is 90%
A higher percentage of women in Rural Areas are diagnosed at later stages due to a myriad of issues including,
- lack of reliable transportation
- breast health understanding
- cultural barriers
- access to general medical care
- lack of familial resources.
LATER STAGE BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS
5-year relative survival rate (SEER) —
- 2-3rd stage 85%
- 3rd -4th stage of 27%