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Breast cancer: Inaction on inequalities has led to unequal progress, say experts

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 16 April 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q854
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

Despite tremendous advances in breast cancer research and treatment over the past three decades many groups are systematically left behind, ignored, or even forgotten, an international group of experts has concluded.1

The Lancet Breast Cancer Commission says progress in cancer management has led to a decrease of over 40% in breast cancer mortality in some high income countries. At the end of 2020, 7.8 million people were alive having been diagnosed in the previous five years. Some 685 000 women died from the disease in 2020, however, and physical symptoms, emotional despair, and financial burden are often hidden and not properly tackled.

“Society and policy makers currently see only the tip of the iceberg,” they wrote in the Lancet …

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