A historic and scientific review of breast cancer: The next global healthcare challenge

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2015 Oct;131 Suppl 1:S36-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2015.03.015.


Breast cancer is fast becoming the leading cause of oncologic morbidity and mortality among women worldwide. Demographic changes in Asia, Southeast Asia, and South America will further accelerate this trend. Different specialties are involved in the treatment of breast cancer patients: gynecology, surgery, pathology, hematology/oncology, radiology, radiation oncology, and nuclear medicine. Optimal results are seen in countries providing standardized breast cancer care in certified breast centers. The present article provides an overview of current state-of-the-art treatment strategies and explains the contributions of different specialties to optimal and individualized care for breast cancer patients. Breast cancer will be one of the most important health issues facing physicians involved with women's health and a basic understanding of current treatment objectives will be essential medical knowledge for everyone taking care of female patients.

Keywords: Breast cancer diagnosis; Breast cancer systemic therapy; Breast cancer treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asia
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Female
  • Global Health / trends*
  • Humans
  • Precision Medicine / trends*
  • South America
  • Women's Health / trends*