01 October 2017

Breast cancer awareness month 2018

Taking place annually throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness about the disease and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

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While the general public are often aware of the conditions much more action needs to be taken to support the public in reducing their risks and support early detection and treatment.

We will be keeping this page updated throughout the month of October with additional news and activities that are taking place to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) and we encourage you to play a role in helping raise the global visibility of 'Pink October'. 

Breast cancer control in practice: UICC members’ activities

Fundación Edificando Vidas is celebrating breast cancer survivors en El Salvador
The 7th edition of the fashion show "Arte, moda y cáncer" pays tribute to women who survived breast cancer and aims to give hope to those currently fighting the disease while raising awareness on one of the leading diseases amongst Salvadoran women.

CANSA is raising awareness on women cancers in South Africa
Our member highlights the five leading types of cancer that indiscriminately afflict women in South Africa – breast, cervical, colorectal, uterine, and lung cancer.

Breast Care International is organising free breast cancer screening
As part of a public awareness campaign on breast cancer in Ghana, our member organises a wide range of activities including free breast cancer screening in Bibiani.


Comisión Honoraria de Lucha contra el Cáncer released an awareness video on breast cancer
As part of their campaign ¡Que nuestro mensaje llegue más lejos! (Let's spread our message further), our member has created a video (currently available in Spanish only) raising awareness on breast cancer in Uruguay.

About breast cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer globally, accounting for 1.7 million new diagnoses in 2012, a 20% increase in 2008 figures. Of even greater concern is that breast cancer has become the leading cause of mortality amongst women globally. While breast cancer incidence is higher in high-income countries (HICs) we have seen the fastest rise in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where survival rates are the lowest. Yet we have the tools to take action to dramatically reduce breast cancer risks, and as a result the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) amongst others has called for urgent global action to tackle this rapidly rising burden.

We're calling to our members to share with us what your organisation is doing during October to mark BCAM and raise awareness on breast cancer. Please contact us at

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