Breast cancer resources

UICC resources and tools

In the last decade, UICC has launched a series of initiatives to encourage early detection and improve access to treatment and care. More recently, through its Breast Cancer Programme, UICC aims to strengthen the capacity of key breast cancer actors to contribute to major global health targets, and in support to WHO's Global Breast Cancer Initiative.  

This page regroups important resources on breast cancer control such as infographics, videos, articles and tools.   



Breast cancer infographics


Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in 154 countries. Data source: GLOBOCAN 2020 Graph production: IARC ( World Health Organization. 
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Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2020, breast, females, all ages Data source: GLOBOCAN 2020 Graph production: IARC ( World Health Organization. 
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Estimated age-standardized mortality rates (World) in 2020, breast, females, all ages | Data source: GLOBOCAN 2020 Graph production: IARC ( World Health Organization.
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Breast cancer news & blogs

Black woman smiling, with child on her lap. Photo by Andrae Ricketts on Unsplash.
14 June 2022

Expanding care for women’s cancers in low-resource settings

Partnerships and integrated approaches leveraging existing infrastructure can help expand services for women's cancers and improve prevention and care.

Nurse attending to a breast cancer patient at the FUCAM breast centre in Mexico. Photo by Adán Jardón, (c) UICC.
9 March 2022

Seeds of change – making an impact in breast cancer care

Andy Schmeltz of Pfizer honours the more than fifty SPARC awardees around the world who are "sparking" change for all people living with metastatic breast cancer, no matter who they are or where they live.

Woman at a breast cancer awareness campaign in Pakistan holding up a signpost that says: "Fight breast cancer before it starts". Photo by UICC is offering grants to members for projects aimed at improving access to early detection. Photo by Salman Asif/UN Women Asia and the Pacific,  breast cancer awareness campaign in Pakistan in 2013.
Updated on 29 March 2022
7 March 2022

New UICC grants to improve access to early detection in breast cancer

Marking International Women’s Day on 8 March, UICC is opening a call for applications for grants focused on improving early detection of breast cancer.

A woman rests her head on the shoulder of another woman, both wearing masks, in a breast cancer clinic in Mexico.
2 March 2022

SPARC has benefitted thousands of breast cancer patients since 2015

UICC highlights projects of the third and final round of grantees of the SPARC programme that has reached many thousands of metastatic breast cancer patients and health care workers in low-resource settings since 2015.

Dr Ben Anderson, who leads WHO's Global Breast Cancer Initiative in an operating room in Ghana.
28 October 2021

Health system characteristics and breast cancer: Reduced mortality depends on health equity

Marking the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr Ben Anderson speaks about the importance of public cancer facilities and universal health coverage to improve survival rates for breast cancer in LMICs.

Doctor wearing mask talking. Photo by Adán Jardón. (c) UICC 2021
22 October 2021

UICC announces four new grants for breast cancer control in LMICs

As part of its Breast Cancer Programme, UICC is supporting four projects in advocacy, education of health care workers and patient navigation to improve early detection and timely diagnosis of breast cancer in LMICs with grants of USD 20,000 each.

UICC CEO Dr Cary Adams and Dr Julie Gralow, Chief Medical Officer of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
20 October 2021

In Conversation: Promoting equity and innovation in breast cancer care

In this Conversation, Cary Adams and Julie Gralow explore how innovation can contribute to greater equity in cancer care, particularly in breast cancer as the community marks Pink October.

Breast cancer patient being assisted for a mammogram
13 October 2021

Addressing equity and stigma in breast cancer care

Dr Fatima Cardoso, Director of the Breast Unit of the Champalimaud Clinical Center in Lisbon, offers an in-depth look at the challenges facing breast cancer control in LMICs.

Women smiling dressed in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
6 October 2021

Cancer: the pandemic behind the pandemic

Former UICC Board Member and President of FEMAMA writes about the significant impact of delayed cancer treatment and how FEMAMA continues to fight breast cancer in Brazil during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doctor advising a breast cancere patient on medicine.
Spotlight on breast cancer
4 October 2021

Beating breast cancer: the first year of UICC’s dedicated programme

Marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, UICC looks at the achievements of its Breast Cancer Programme launched a year ago and showcases awareness campaigns by member organisations.

Women getting a mammogram
16 July 2021

The importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration in transforming breast cancer control in Europe

Irish MEP Frances Fitzgerald, Chair of the multi-stakeholder coalition Transforming Breast Cancer Together, shares her perspectives on the value of collaboration for strengthened patient advocacy and policymaking in the EU.

Medical practitioner looks into microscope, to suggest the power of and need for innovation to reduce the burden of cancer
5 May 2021

Innovations in cancer care bring health closer to patients in LMICs

Innovations and resource-appropriate interventions can help close the equity gap in cancer care between high- and lower-income regions. Interview with Dr Omolola Salako of the Sebeccly Cancer Centre in Nigeria.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month ready-made social media messages

Despite being the most prevalent cancer in the world, estimates suggest that by 2025, 2.5M women worldwide will die from #BreastCancer. Find out more this #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth. @uicc @who #GBCI  

#BreastCancer accounts for 1 in 4 cancer cases in women. How will you help raise awareness this #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth? @uicc @who #GBCI  

To tackle the growing #BreastCancer burden, improvements need to be made in access to early detection, timely treatment and care, palliative & survivorship care, and comprehensive data collection through robust #cancer registries. @uicc @who @GICR_IARC #GBCI   

Every 50 seconds, somewhere in the world a woman dies from #BreastCancer. Improvements must be made in access to early detection, treatment, palliative and survivorship care, and comprehensive data collection. @uicc @who #GBCI  

Since the 1980s, there has been a 40% reduction in #BreastCancer mortality in high-income countries. This has yet to be achieved in the majority of low- and middle-income countries. @uicc @who #GBCI 

To reduce #BreastCancer mortality, national cancer control plans must be based on 3 pillars:  

  • health promotion and early detection 
  • timely diagnosis, and 
  • comprehensive breast cancer management. 

@uicc @who #GBCI 



Last update: 
Tuesday 27 September 2022