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International Journal of Breast Cancer
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 249501, 7 pages
Review Article

Global Breast Cancer: The Lessons to Bring Home

1Department of Radiation Oncology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY 10016, USA
2New York University Cancer Institute, New York, NY 10016, USA
3Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY 10016, USA
4Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, 2811 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 500, Santa Monica, CA 90272, USA
5David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

Received 21 September 2011; Accepted 26 October 2011

Academic Editor: Clement Adebamowo

Copyright © 2012 Silvia C. Formenti et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women globally. This paper discusses the current progress in breast cancer in Western countries and focuses on important differences of this disease in low- and middle-income countries (LMCs). It introduces several arguments for applying caution before globalizing some of the US-adopted practices in the screening and management of the disease. Finally, it suggests that studies of breast cancer in LMCs might offer important insights for a more effective management of the problem both in developing as well as developed countries.