Paper on breast cancer control strategies in low- and middle income countries in Breast

24 MARCH 2011

At the Breast Health Global Initiatieve Summit 2010, The Problem Solving Working Group met to develop a consensus statement on problem-solving strategies addressing breast cancer in low and middle income countries. Findings of this meeting will soon be published in Breast. One of NICHE's PhD students, Mr. Sten Zelle, is one of the authors. 

Authors: Harford JB, Otero IV, Anderson BO, Cazap E, Gradishar WJ, Gralow JR, Kane GM, Niëns LM, Porter PL, Reeler AV, Rieger PT, Shockney LD, Shulman LN, Soldak T, Thomas DB, Thompson B, Winchester DP, Zelle SG, Badwe RA

Title: Problem solving for breast health care delivery in low and middle resource countries (LMCs): consensus statement from the Breast Health Global Initiative. Breast. 2011 Mar 2. [Epub ahead of print]


International collaborations like the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) can help low and middle income countries (LMCs) to establish or improve breast cancer control programs by providing evidence-based, resource-stratified guidelines for the management and control of breast cancer. The Problem Solving Working Group of the BHGI 2010 Global Summit met to develop a consensus statement on problem-solving strategies addressing breast cancer in LMCs. To better assess breast cancer burden in poorly studied populations, countries require accurate statistics regarding breast cancer incidence and mortality. To better identify health care system strengths and weaknesses, countries require reasonable indicators of true health system quality and capacity. Using qualitative and quantitative research methods, countries should formulate cancer control strategies to identify both system inefficiencies and patient barriers. Patient navigation programs linked to public advocacy efforts feed and strengthen functional early detection and treatment programs. Cost-effectiveness research and implementation science are tools that can guide and expand successful pilot programs.

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