What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the second most common cancer in the world .
As an example, around 16.000 women are diagnosed with invasive or in situ breast carcinoma each year in the Netherlands alone . In this country of 17 million inhabitants, breast cancer is responsible for approximately 3.100 deaths and 26.000 life-years lost every year .
Beyond the huge burden imposed on sufferers and their loved ones, breast cancer has a significant economic impact. Again using the Netherlands as an example, the yearly cost is estimated at around €1.27 billion .