After reading the results of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first ever study on breast cancer, many people were concerned about the study’s results, particularly since the study had been conducted in a country where the incidence of the disease was lower than that of the United States.
The WHO’s own website even pointed out that it had been done in a region where “only 1 in 5 women has been diagnosed with breast cancer.”
While it’s true that women living in the Middle East are less likely to have breast cancer than those in Western countries, there is a lot more that goes into the rate of breast cancer in the region than the WHO’s study indicated.
A closer look at the numbers reveals that, while the number of breast cancers in the MENA region is around 1.2 million per 100,000 people, the number in the U.S. is only 1.3 million per 10,000 women.
And although the number was higher in the United Kingdom, the country that hosts the highest number of cases is the one that is most likely, according to a study by researchers from the University of Southern California.
As for the number that is the world’s most likely for a given woman to have cancer, it is 1 in 100, which is more than three times the number found in the European countries, according a study published in The Lancet in 2016.
But how many women in each region have the disease?
In 2016, researchers at Johns Hopkins University surveyed a group of women living abroad, who were asked about their experiences of breast feeding.
More than half of the women said they had been breast fed, and the study found that “most breast-fed mothers were women who breastfed during their pregnancy.”
It also revealed that women who had been pregnant and breastfed had a higher risk of having breast cancer later in life.
What’s more, while a majority of the study participants said they breastfed when they had symptoms of breast-feeding, there was a difference between women who were breastfed at a younger age, and those who were not.
More specifically, the older women who gave birth had a much lower risk of breast Cancer compared to younger women who did not breastfeed.
“The study showed that, even in women who are breastfed exclusively at the beginning of pregnancy, breast-cancer risk increases over time,” Dr. Jefri B. D’Alessio, one of the researchers on the study and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University College London, told The Huffington Post.
“For some women, they’re at risk, but most women don’t get breast-related cancers.”
As for women who don’t breastfeed, it appears that the risk of developing breast cancer is about the same regardless of when you have breast-milk contact.
“Our study shows that, regardless of whether or not you breast-feed, you are at a high risk of being diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer,” D’Angelo said.
“We found that women in countries with higher rates of breast death also had a lower rate of early- stage breast cancer when they became breast-mothers.
So, women who do breast-share with their mothers and don’t give breast-care are still at an elevated risk of early breast cancer even if they are not breast-sharing.”
What does this mean for women in other parts of the world?
If you live in a Western country, it might be good to keep an eye on your health in the event that you have a case of breast disease.
If you’re an American, though, this information is likely to be more important.
The study was conducted in the Netherlands, but the researchers also found that the rate at which breast cancer occurs in other countries varies greatly.
The rate of late-stage cancer in Japan is around three times higher than in the US, and it’s also around two to three times lower in China, the study noted.
“It is important to consider the specific characteristics of each country and their history of breast health in order to make decisions about breast cancer screening,” the study authors concluded.
“As a general rule, countries with high rates of early stage breast disease, like those in the Americas and Europe, may benefit from routine screening, while those with low breast-health risk, like the Middle Eastern countries, should be especially vigilant when it comes to breast- cancer screening.”