Confronting Breast Cancer is Crucial to India’s Economic Development
Judith Fletcher-Brown, 13 Oct 17
       

The lack of awareness of this growing problem is a big issue. shutterstock.com

Breast cancer is a growing epidemic in India. It could kill 76,000 women a year by 2020, according to a recent study. It claimed more than 70,000 lives in 2012.

At the heart of the issue is the country’s rapid economic development, which has made Indian women more susceptible to the disease, without building the infrastructure to prevent and detect it. But the good news is that boosting breast cancer awareness and encouraging early detection could play a significant role in reducing it.

India’s rapid economic expansion has it forecast to become the world’s fourth largest economy by 2020 and set to surpass China as the world’s fastest growing economy. This feat of development has lifted millions out of poverty. But economic growth has brought with it other challenges – including breast cancer.

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