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Numbers- to take your breath away!

Please do take  a moment to glance at these statistics. 

Yes, most people skip over this page, boring numbers and graphs! I used to do the same! 

Until I actually looked at the data.

It really opened up my eyes to the magnitude of the problem that is Breast Cancer!

I have added a short text explaining each image so it is easily understood. 

Incidence of different Cancers affecting Women 

Deaths due to different Cancers affecting women

Cancers affecting women (Blue) and Deaths due to cancer(Red)

In both cases, incidence of Breast cancer is much more than other cancers.



Cancer cases 

in the  world

in 2020

among women

of all ages.

Breast cancer at 24.5%

has the largest incidence among all the cancers affecting women.


Country-wise prevalence of Breast Cancer

China at 22.7% leads in the prevalence of all cancers in women

USA is second at 11.4%.

India is third with a much lesser incidence of 7.4 %



Cancer cases

in India

in 2018

Age related

 The incidence of breast cancer is much more in the younger age group. Where earlier it was a disease primarily of the 50+ age group, it is now found increasingly in the younger age groups.


Comparison of New Cases 2018 to 2020.

A marked increase is noted 

  2018   27.7%                                                     2020   38.2%

new cases 2018 world.jpg

India Specific

In India the incidence of Breast cancer is found to be more in cities and less in rural areas.

Overall, 1 in 28 women is likely to develop Breast cancer during her lifetime, more in urban areas (1 in 22) as compared to rural areas (1 in 60)

The average age for breast cancer in India is almost a decade lower than that in the West. 

The incidence rates in India begin to rise in the early thirties and peak at ages 50-64 years


 Patients with cancer have a poorer prognosis in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC’s) including India because

  • presentation at advanced stages

  • relatively low cancer awareness

  •  skewed distribution of cancer care facilities

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