2020 has been a powerful reminder that we are all in this together, and our choices and actions have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us in a big way. The same holds true when it comes to breast cancer.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries.
In Indonesia, the highest incidence of cancer for women is breast cancer which equal to 42.1 per 100,000 population on average death rate of 17 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Currently there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured.
Several foundations in Indonesia like Jakarta Breast Health Foundation, Yayasan Kanker Indonesia, Jakarta Indonesian Cancer Foundation are actively involved in promoting early detection on breast cancer by providing free breast screening to women communities in Jakarta and its surroundings.
- They actively provide education of breast cancer awareness to women communities in a lot of cities, villages throughout Indonesia.
- Promote the awareness of breast cancer through electronic media, national and private TV Stations, Radios,
- And working closely with many professional and government owned organisations in its activities to promote the awareness and early detection nationally.
By working together, we can inspire hope and become a force for good “to get her” access to the care she needs.