Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, and it is estimated that each year 1.38 million women are diagnosed with the disease and over 458,000 die from it.
In Israel, some 4,000 women are diagnosed each year with breast cancer, and about 900 women die of the disease.
Why is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so Important?
The European Breast Cancer Coalition "Europa Donna", and the Israel Cancer Association (ICA) as its representative in Israel, hold Breast Health Month each October to get the breast health message across to young women and young girls across Europe and Israel and disseminate information regarding:
It is important to build time in your schedule for planned, structured physical activity and to keep your weight in check; make these strategies part of your daily routine for your breast health:
Scientific evidence supports that there is a protective association between physical activity and a lower risk for breast cancer; physical inactivity is estimated to cause 10-16% of all breast cancer cases.
Engage in moderate exercise for at least 30-60 minutes every day.
Excess body weight and physical inactivity account for approximately 25-33% of breast cancer cases. Being overweight (with a Body Mass Index - BMI - of 25 or higher), or obese (with a BMI of 30 or higher), may increase risk of developing postmenopausal breast cancer.
It is important to maintain a healthy weight and a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5-24.9.
BMI = body weight (in kilograms) divided by height (in meters) squared.
While the link between specific foods and breast cancer risk has not been unequivocally proven in scientific studies, a healthy and balanced diet may still be a protective factor against breast cancer.
Mammography is widely accepted as the best method to detect breast cancer at an early stage.
Israel leads a National Mammography Screening Program for women between the ages of 50-74. Israel leads Europe in mammography screening compliance rates, which consequently led to a 25% drop in breast-cancer mortality.
Europa Donna (ED) is an independent non-profit organization whose members are affiliated groups from countries throughout Europe. The Coalition endeavors to raise breast cancer awareness and to exert public pressure on authorities for improved breast cancer education; additionally, it aims to promote appropriate screening programs and optimal treatment as well as increased funding for research. ED represents the interests of European women regarding breast cancer towards local and national authorities as well as towards EU institutions. The ICA represents ED in Israel.
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This webpage is based on the Work Plan of Europa Donna for 2011, financed by the European Coalition as part of its Health Program. The Agency is not responsible for any information that appears in the brochure.