Breast Cancer Needs to Receive More Attention Outside the U.S.

October 30, 2014 4:04 PM

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During the month of October, the United States takes on a pink tinge -- from magazines to college sororities to the NFL, it's clear that there is little need to worry about breast cancer awareness. Thanks to the efforts of multiple organizations, public knowledge of the disease, which affects 1 in 8 American women, is at a high. Though still devastating in its effect, focused efforts on prevention, screening and treatment of breast cancer have seen a decline in its incidence in the U.S., and greater hope for those diagnosed.

Countries with lower income rates struggle with the expense of treating breast cancer, which can be a costly disease. Dr. Jean Walters, an oncologist who has been working in the Caribbean for more than 30 years, described the impact of breast cancer as "financial as well as emotional," stating, "Fin...

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