Reducing the rates of breast cancer and other non communicable diseases
1.3 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and 400,000 of them will die. Many of those deaths are preventable through early detection and treatment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. At a UN Conference in New York on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases health professionals are pushing for measures to cut the rate of breast cancer. Julie Walker spoke with one attendee, Ranjit Kaur, the head of the Breast Cancer Welfare Association of Malaysia and a survivor.