Femtechs, or, feminine technology companies, aren’t just in the business of bringing products to women — some are using the power of technology to help combat the most nefarious disease in the world — breast cancer.
October puts the spotlight on breast cancer, which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), affected 7.8 million women in the past five years alone.
In 2020 alone, 2.3 million women were diagnosed with the disease, and 685,000 deaths were recorded globally. Men are also affected, but at a much smaller percentage at 0.5 – 1% of cases.
Breast cancer awareness month, also known as Pinktober, began in 1985. Since then, years of research and technological advancements have led to higher survival rates following early detection and diagnosis and better cancer treatments and management.
Unfortunately, there still exists a disparity between the rich and the poor when it comes to detection and treatment — and some femtechs are aiming to reduce this gap.
Breast Cancer in Southeast Asia
According to Statista, breast cancer made up 27.7 percent of all the new cancer cases in women in Southeast Asia, with approximately 159,000 new cases in 2020. Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer amongst all Asian countries — one in every nine Pakistani women develops breast cancer at some stage of her life.
When it comes to treatments, it is heading towards a more individualized approach as not all breast cancers are the same.
From screening and diagnosis to...
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