Read Dr. Shoba Subramanian's note on Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an important time to remember all those who've had or are currently tackling the disease.

 In 2020, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685,000 women died globally.1 As of the end of 2020, 7.8 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 5 years, making it the world’s most prevalent cancer.2 If caught early, breast cancer is easier to treat, so if women ever notice any breast changes such as lumps or pain, a visit to the doctor is the best course of action.

This worldwide campaign highlights all the work thousands of organisations do each year to raise awareness, treat and research breast cancer. This has never been truer during COVID-19, where so many people have continued their battle with breast cancer and have relied on the essential support these organisations provide. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, do something great and encourage everyone to get involved to beat this disease. - Dr. Shoba Subramanian, Medical Director Europe, UnitedHealthcare Global