In the Middle East, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among females. In Qatar, breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women . According to the estimation of the Global Cancer Observatory, breast cancer ranks highest, accounting for 14.7% of new cancer cases and 37.5% of new cancer cases in females recorded in Qatar during 2020. Qatar ranks fifth in terms of breast cancer prevalence in the Arab region. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2023, an estimated 297,790 women and 2,800 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. (Hamed et al., Breast cancer knowledge, attitudes and practices amongst women in Qatar 2022)

While lifestyle choices can potentially lower your overall risk of breast cancer, it’s important to note that there is no guaranteed “breast cancer diet,” exercise regimen, so-called “cancer-fighting superfood,” or other remedies that is guaranteed to lead to total breast cancer prevention. Males and females that make healthy choices, breastfeed after childbirth, maintain an ideal weight, and more—still devastatingly get diagnosed with breast cancer because of factors outside of their control. Women and men that have a strong family history of breast cancer should start cancer screening ASAP. Chances are, you know at least one person who has been personally affected by breast cancer. (Bcrf, Breast cancer prevention: Ways to reduce your risk: BCRF 2022)

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