Special Issue "Geographical Variation in Breast Cancer Outcomes"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2017)
Worldwide, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among females, accounting for 25% of all new diagnoses in 2012 and the leading cause of cancer mortality (15% of total cancer deaths), particularly among less developed nations. Incidence rates of breast cancer are generally high in Northern America, Australia/New Zealand, and Northern and Western Europe, and lower in most African and Asian countries.
Factors associated with this international variation in incidence include those related to early detection, particularly the availability of mammography screening, as well as the prevalence of established risk factors, including, among others, overweight/obesity, use of menopausal hormone therapy, physical inactivity, and alcohol consumption.
In many Western countries, the reduction in mortality rates due to breast cancer are stable or continuing to reduce, which has been attributed to the role of some as-yet unknown combination of early detection using mammographic screening and improved treatment. In contrast, mortality rates in many South American, African, and Asian countries are increasing, highlighting the global inequalities in breast cancer outcomes faced by women.
In addition to the international variation in breast cancer-related outcomes, a range of international studies have consistently reported geographical variations across the breast cancer continuum of care within countries, with a clear pattern for inequalities to be evident for women living in more rural areas and socio-economically disadvantaged areas.
There remains a need to better understand the extent of these inequalities from a local, regional and international perspective, and, ideally, to increase our understanding of what factors are contributing to these inequalities.
This Special Issue is open to any body of research that adds to our understanding of variations in breast cancer epidemiology, particularly those highlighting inequalities in breast cancer-related outcomes faced by women depending on where they live.
The listed keywords below suggest just a few of the many possibilities.
Prof. Peter Baade
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- Breast cancer
- Rural health
- Urban health
- quality of life