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Study: Breast cancer prevalence up worldwide

A new study conducted by University of Washington researchers found that breast cancer has risen dramatically worldwide in the past 30 years, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Researchers discovered that there were 1.6 million people affected by the disease across the globe, which is up from 640,000 cases in 1980, according to the media outlet.

"What we have found is that while countries such as the United States and United Kingdom have been able to greatly lower the risk of women dying from breast cancer, through better screening and treatment, countries with fewer resources are seeing their risks go up," coauthor of the study, Dr. Rafael Lozano, told the news source.

Not only is the disease becoming a problem in underdeveloped countries, but it is also affecting women at a much younger age. The researchers believe that breast cancer awareness and accessibility to screenings can decrease this number.

According to the Susan G. Komen organization, it is recommended that once a woman turns 40, she begins scheduling annual mammograms. If the woman has an extensive family history of the disease, than it is advisable that they begin checking earlier in order to catch the disease during its beginning stages.
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