Reports Claim An Increase In Cancer Deaths Among Women By 2030

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Breast cancer diagnoses are expected to rise by 60 percent by 2030, according to new reports. The American Cancer Society and Lancet says that many women, particularly those who live in poorer countries, are at increased risk of developing breast cancer. It is estimated that there will be around 5.5 million women diagnosed with the disease in the next decade and a half. This figure approximates the population of Denmark. These projections were announced during the most recent World Cancer Congress in Paris.

Both studies say that most deaths occur among young and middle-aged women. Most worrisome, the authors say, is that these forms of cancer are largely preventable and treatable through early detection. Cancer is considered the second leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease among women. However, in poorer countries, many adults do not have access to sufficient health care. Many women see an oncologist only when their situation is already severe.

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These findings emphasize current medical theories that rapid economic transitions – which have brought about a change in physical activity, diet, and reproductive habits – have caused an increased risk for illnesses normally common in high-income countries. Unfortunately, while developing countries have adopted poorer health habits, healthcare has remained static. Countries with the highest death rates were Kenya, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

Authors of the study say that these are estimations. The number can be dramatically reduced with proper education and healthcare. Most importantly, treatment options are more effective on cases diagnosed early.

Sandra Balan is a staunch supporter of the American Cancer Society. To learn more about new findings on cancer, follow this blog.

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A Purposeful Vacation: Choosing a Destination with Service in Mind

Traveling is an excellent way to open one’s eyes to the different peoples, cultures, and traditions around the world, and it allows one to experience the various conditions their fellow men have to live in. This is why a growing number of people are becoming interested in traveling to volunteer for a variety of causes as it allows them to learn about different cultures and give back to others.

There are many opportunities for “voluntourism” all over the world that let people offer their time and energy to a variety of advocacies.

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For instance, those who support responsible and organic farming can travel with WWOOF, or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, which has presence in a number of countries including Ecuador, Cameroon, Thailand, Australia, and more. Volunteers for WWOOF will generally do about 4 to 6 hours of farm work in exchange for food and accommodations.

The Peace Corps and United Nations Volunteers are two well-known organizations that take volunteers around the world to help out where there is a need. Typical projects involve post-disaster assistance, healthcare, and community development.

Animal lovers may also want to spend their vacation time helping rehabilitate, preserve and conserve wildlife. Locally, some private wild horse sanctuaries welcome volunteers who can care for orphaned foals. Internationally, one might be interested in working at the Elephant Nature Park shelter in Chiang Mai, Thailand for injured and neglected elephants, in addition to other distressed animals like warthogs.

One can also choose to broaden one’s horizons by volunteering as a trip leader, teacher or tour guide. Some organizations will usually provide volunteers with accommodations and meals in exchange for help in maintaining historical sites, and acting as guides to other tourists. Many national parks across the country offer live-free programs for volunteers willing to fill positions such as gift shop cashier, campground host, or caretakers. Abroad, the company HF Holidays lets people volunteer as walking tour leaders in some beautiful locales while receiving housing, food, travel expenses, and training.

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There are many ways to give back while seeing the world and all its wonderful people, whether one wants to do it locally, nationally, or globally. All one really needs is to know where to look.

Philanthropist Sandra Balan enjoys traveling as much as she does supporting the National Parkinson Foundation and the American Cancer Society. For more articles on how one can merge these interests, follow this Facebook page.