The challenge to reduce breast cancer mortality in okinawa: Consensus of the first okinawa breast oncology meeting

Kentaro Tamaki, Nobumitsu Tamaki, Yoshihiko Kamada, Kano Uehara, Hisamitsu Zaha, Mai Onomura, Masanori Gushimiyagi, Kaname Kurashita, Keiko Miyazato, Hiromu Tengan, Kyuichiro Miyara, Takanori Ishida, Makoto Ueda, Takao Miyaguni, Shinji Nagamine, Jun Miyagi, Hironori Nomura, Kazuya Sunagawa, Junko Higa, Chiho Sato

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Abstract

Breast cancer mortality is gradually increasing in Okinawa. The 1st Okinawa Breast Oncology Meeting was held on 6 July 2012 and discussions on how to curb the rising trend were focused on breast cancer screening, adjuvant treatment, socioeconomic and geographic issues, and the problem of complementary and alternative medicine. The consensus of the 1st Okinawa Breast Oncology Meeting was that ultrasonography screening is an acceptable screening system for Okinawan women because of the geographic disadvantage of having many small islands and rural areas. Educational and economic support is needed for women in rural areas to get correct information, for access to urban areas and to be treated by evidence-based optimal therapy for breast cancer. In addition, new approaches are needed for Okinawan people to successfully educate patients to correctly interpret evidence-based information.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberhys217
Pages (from-to)208-213
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese journal of clinical oncology
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Feb

Keywords

  • Adjuvant treatments
  • Breast cancer mortality
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Screening
  • Socioeconomic and geographic disadvantage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research

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