Breast Cancer's Global Reach

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For decades, breast cancer was seen as an affliction of affluent women in the industrialized West. And heaven knows it is that. In the U.S., one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

But the world's most lethal form of cancer for women is not bound by borders these days. From South America to Asia to Africa, breast cancer incidence is rising along with development. Yet detection and treatment lag far behind.

Up next, On Point: from Cleveland to Kenya and Boston to Beijing, we'll look at the astounding reach of — and response to — breast cancer.Guests:

Kathleen Kingsbury, a correspondent for Time magazine based in Shanghai and author of this week's cover story, "Why Breast Cancer Is Spreading Around the World"

Dr. Richard Love, an oncologist, he's the scientific director of the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation and senior investigator researching global cancer problems for the National Cancer Institute

Dr. Peggy Porter, head of the Breast Cancer Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Mary Onyango, Executive Director of the Nairobi-based advocacy group KenyaBreast, and herself a breast cancer survivor.

This program aired on October 9, 2007.


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