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Breast health global initiative offers unprecedented tools for developing nations
Date:4/1/2011

SEATTLE A landmark breast health care publication reveals a multitude of barriers that keep women of developing nations from being screened and treated for breast cancer but offers tools to help countries improve their breast care programs.

"Global Breast Health Care: Optimizing Delivery in Low- and Middle-Resource Countries," published as a supplement to the April 1 edition of The Breast, compiles three consensus statements and 11 research papers that were based on projects and proposals presented last June at the Breast Health Global Initiative Global Summit on International Breast Health in Chicago. The summit brought together more than 150 experts from 43 countries. An executive summary of the consensus statements was published simultaneously in the April 1 edition of The Lancet Oncology.

Benjamin O. Anderson, M.D., BHGI chair and director, said the publication of breast cancer studies from low- and middle-resource countries that are easily accessible has been a longtime goal of the organization.

"These papers collectively provide insight into the societal norms, economic challenges and public policy issues of the low- and middle-resource countries," Anderson said. "They also provide models for how to improve and optimize breast health care and cancer treatment programs," he said. Anderson is a member of the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a professor of surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The supplement includes studies conducted in regions rarely researched in this context Kashmir and Gaza Strip and new studies from Nigeria, Malaysia and Mexico.

In the study involving war-torn Gaza, researchers found significant differences between expatriates and Gaza residents regarding breast cancer beliefs and health care- seeking behaviors, despite religious, cultural and personal similarities between the two groups. Misconceptions about and access to
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Contact: Dean Forbes
dforbes@fhcrc.org
206-667-2896
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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