Following on from last week’s posts on the female reproductive system a repeat of a guest post during the original series in 2016. Judith Barrow is a breast cancer survivor and shares her story.First a look at the statistics‘Breast cancer is the top cancer in women worldwide and is increasing particularly in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages.‘521,900: The estimated number of breast cancer deaths in women worldwide in 2012 which is the last complete reporting date.Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women; however, when looking just at developed countries, lung cancer was the most common cause of cancer death in 2012, surpassing breast cancer. This change reflects the tobacco epidemic in these women, which occurred later than in men, according to the report. Also, the incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the developing world due to increase life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.It is estimated that there were 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012. However, this figure does not include women who develop the disease in countries where there is little health care and zero reporting of the statistics.The good news is the survival rates have increased with earlier detection, more targeted treatments and better medication.