Breast cancer is a type of cancer in which abnormal breast cells grow out of control and form tumors. It typically begins as a small tumor and has the potential to spread to other parts of the body over time if not treated at the earlier stage. Breast cancer can develop in different parts of the breast, including the milk ducts, lobules, or the connective tissue within the breast. It can occur in both men and women, but it is far more common in women.
In 2020, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer globally, resulting in 685,000 deaths. It accounts for 12% of all new cancer cases and 25% of all cancers in women.
Approximately 1000 women in the United Arab Emirates are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, making up 21.4% of total new cancer cases in the region.
Regular breast cancer screenings and early detection remain crucial in increasing the chances of successful treatment and survival. It is advisable to consult a healthcare professional for guidance and appropriate screening.