The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising up steadily in the last years due to increase in life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.
Currently there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option. In such cases, palliative care to relief the suffering of patients and their families is needed.
The majority of deaths (269 000) occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages due mainly to lack of awareness on early detection and barriers to health services.
Develop Armenia promotes comprehensive breast cancer awareness campaign as part of our social initiatives.
Note that according to the latest WHO data published in 2017 Breast Cancer Deaths in Armenia reached 425 or 1.79% of total deaths. The age adjusted Death Rate is 18.37 per 100,000 of population ranks Armenia #74 in the world.
National Center of Oncology
The Breast Unit was established in 2004 inside the National Center of Oncology in Armenia as a result of a more-than-10-year-long multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our department of breast diseases has 60 beds. Every year Armenia comes up with already more than 1000 cases of breast cancer, more than half of which are engaged in our department. We use protocols and clinical recommendations from NCCN, ESMO, ASCO, EUSOMA. We offer a coordinated approach provided by a team of experts in all fields involved in breast diseases including all steps from risk assessment to long term follow up. The multidisciplinary team, made up of oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and surgeons, meets every two weeks for patient’s evaluation and for the definition of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. The breast unit provides care for all stages BC: neo- and adjuvant chemotherapy, oncoplastic and conserving surgery, breast reconstruction, treatment of locally advanced and metastatic BC, rehabilitative and psychological support. Our strategy is to tailor individualized treatment according to clinical stage and tumor biology.
Address: Fanardjian 76
Phone: 00 374 10 287152
Clinical Director: Artur Avetisyan, DrPH, MD
Radiology: Hasmik Davtyan
Breast Surgery: Artur Avetisyan, MD, PhD
Reconstructive Surgery: Artur Avetisyan, MD, PhyD
Pathology: Lilia Harutyunyan, MD
Medical Oncology: Hasmik Petrosyan
Radiotherapy: Tatul Saghatelyan, MD
Armenia to begin first grant project for early screening of breast cancer
The Republic of Armenia has fulfilled the conditions for the entry into force of the US $1 million grant agreement signed with the Eurasian Stabilization and Development Fund (EFSR). The money will be spent on purchase of medical equipment for early detection of breast cancer, the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) said.
As part of the program designed to modernize prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the primary health care sector, equipment will be delivered to medical institutions in Armenian regions of Lori, Syunik and Tavush.
An agreement to that end was signed between the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), its Eurasian Stabilization and Development Fund and the government of Armenia in 2018 April.
On September 14, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia approved a plan for procurement of medical equipment. Procurement procedures will begin before the end of this year.
Within the framework of the program, a mobile mammogram will be acquired to conduct further studies throughout Armenia and implement medical educational programs.
According to the Ministry of Health, breast cancer in Armenia ranks first in the number of other types of cancers. In recent years, the country has seen an increase in the incidence of breast cancer. Screening programs are expected to help detect the disease at an early stage and prevent its spread.
“There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection.”