Breast cancer to become most prevalent cancer among Chinese women
Mar 12, 2012
It was recently announced that breast cancer will be the most prevalent cancer among women in China in the next 20 years. He Jie, president of the Cancer Institute and Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, is suggesting that women become aware of the risks and ways to detect the cancer, according to China Daily.
The average age of Chinese patients is 49, which is much younger - in some cases 10 years younger - than many other countries across the globe, according to the news source.
Experts are recommending that the general public not only raises awareness for the disease, but seek out annual screenings starting at age 40, the media outlet reports. In China, the most prevalent cancer is currently lung cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.