Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, except for skin cancers, and it represents the first cause of cancer death in women. According to the 2014 statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO, Death by cause by WHO Regions, Global Health Estimates 2014), worldwide, about 1.3 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, about 465,000 have died from it in 2014. Mortality is expected to grow to 561,000 in 2015, and 805,000 in 2030.
In 2015, EU will be the Region with the highest deaths: 160,000. In 2030, EU will be the second with 183,000 deaths.
In Italy, about 48.000 women have been hit by breast cancer in 2014 with an incidence of 41% on young women, 35% on mid-age and 21% on old women. About 13.000 women have died of breast cancer in 2014 (Associazione Italiana di Oncologia Medica, I numeri del tumore in Italia, 2014, Intermedia Editore – www.salute.gov.it).
In 2014, the incidence rates vary greatly worldwide from 19.3 per 100,000 women in Eastern Africa to 89.7 per 100,000 women in Western EU27, leading to link the incidence rate to lifestyle.