* Source: EUROCARE-4 European Cancer Registry-based study on survival and care of cancer patients.
Declining Trend in Breast Cancer Mortality Rates
The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (2011) data revealed:
That breast cancer age-standardized mortality rates, from 1998-2009, decreased from 22.6% in 1998 to 17.4% in 2009. In other words, a 30% decrease!
This proves that thanks to the National Mammography Screening Program initiated by the ICA, and thanks to its information and education efforts, women are diagnosed at an earlier stage, which enables quick and more effective treatment that consequently has live-saving impact.
Breast Cancer Treatment Coordinators and Patient Navigators:
The ICA continues to finance special posts for nurses and social workers who work as breast cancer care coordinators and patient navigators during all stages of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.
The ICA project's goal is to accompany the breast cancer patient throughout the treatment process, and to provide her with information, support and assistance, thereby significantly easing the burden of coping with the disease. This service is currently provided in many centers across the country.
Other centers have already adopted this service and the ICA continues to update personnel. Thanks to the ICA, there is a national network of professionals who maintain regular contact with breast cancer patients and attend to their wellbeing.
The National Mobile Mammography Vehicle
The ICA Mobile Mammography Vehicle is now in its tenth year of operation throughout the country. The aim of the mobile vehicle is:
To enable women who reside in remote areas, as well as those who are unaware of the importance of the detection test.
To undergo a mammography screening close to home.
To improve accessibility to and compliance with this potentially life-saving screening test.
The Mobile Mammography Vehicle foperates in collaboration with Clalit Healthcare Services, Maccabi Healthcare Services and Leumit Healthcare Services.
This is the second year that the mobile vehicle is staffed by a professional team from Assuta Hospital. Within the coming months, a new mobile vehicle, purchased by "Assuta Medical Services", with financial assistance from the ICA, will begin operating throughout Israel.
A personal invitation letter is sent to women of the appropriate age in each destination of the mobile vehicle and ads are placed in the local newspapers announcing the mobile's scheduled activity in the region.
The National Breast Health and Early Detection Awareness Month
The National Breast Health and Early Detection Awareness Month is conducted among the general female Israeli population to promote the fight against breast cancer.
In October the ICA launches an extensive public education and information campaign in all the media channels, focusing on the importance of early detection and ways of treating breast cancer. Diverse events are held during the awareness month to increase public awareness about the disease and the importance of early detection, namely: the Estée Lauder Companies' Global Landmark Illumination Initiative in collaboration with the ICA.
ICA encourages women to adopt a healthy lifestyle which includes physical exercise, proper diet, and maintaining a healthy weight - strategies that can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. You may find information about healthy lifestyle choices to maintain good health on the Europa Donna, European Breast Cancer Coalition website.
Other ICA's Activities regarding Beast Cancer
The ICA continues to assist in operating regional early breast cancer detection stations throughout the country.
Countless resources have been invested in diverse sectors such as the Arab society, kibbutzim (collective settlements), the new immigrant population, the ultra-Orthodox sector, and others.
Informational material is distributed in hundreds of thousands of copies in Hebrew, Arabic and Russian, and the breast health lecture notes kit has been updated for Breast Health Nurses who lecture across the country on behalf of the ICA.