The global statistics surrounding breast cancer are staggering. It is by far the most common form of cancer among women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed and over 500,000 deaths reported in 2012 (the most recent year analyzed by the World Health Organization). In developed countries like the United States, widespread access to early detection and treatment has resulted in decreased mortality. But in developing countries, breast cancer rates are on the rise and survival rates are much lower, primarily because mammography is either unavailable or prohibitively expensive. Click here to read more.