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New Breast Cancer Knowledge Centre launches on, the website for healthcare professionals
Posted on: 29 Sep 16

A new clinical resource has launched on this week. The Breast Cancer Knowledge Centre is intended for oncologists and other healthcare professionals involved in the treatment and care of patients with this condition.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide. It has the highest 5-year global prevalence of any cancer type, which is estimated to have increased by 21% since 2008 to 6.3 million women in 20121. It is the fifth highest cause of cancer-related death worldwide2 and the leading cause of cancer-related death in women, accounting for 15% of the total3. The global economic cost of breast cancer was estimated at $88 billion in 2008, with only lung cancer and colorectal cancer having a greater economic burden4.

Healthcare professionals can register free of charge on to access this resource: Information within the Breast Cancer Knowledge Centre is split into key sections and subsections for easy accessibility. The ‘Disease Awareness’ section compiles fully referenced facts and statistics on breast cancer, including epidemiology, pathophysiology, signs & symptoms, diagnosis & staging and prognosis. A summary of the four intrinsic subtypes, key signalling pathways and the evidence to support each classification is available in the ‘Molecular Subtypes’ section. The ‘Treatment’ section comprises current treatment guidelines and explores the different therapies available for each subtype of breast cancer. The ‘HR+ Aggressive’ section contains detailed information on hormone receptor positive aggressive breast cancer, including metastatic subtypes, current best practice guidelines, treatment therapy options and an overview of the recent ASCO expert panel evaluation of randomised phase II and III clinical trials. Lastly, a resources section pulls together useful external links to workshops and patient information tools, an upcoming oncology events calendar and links to official European medical association and society websites. 

Dr Toby Galbraith, Director of Content Strategy for, said: “Breast cancer is a disease touching the lives of many people, and there is a very active field of clinical research trying to tackle it. We hope that healthcare professionals will find our new resource useful in bringing together the latest research and clinical thinking on breast cancer, illustrated and summarised in an accessible manner.” The Breast Cancer Knowledge Centre has been developed by EPG Health Media for, in collaboration with F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, who reviewed the content for clinical accuracy.




Notes to Editors:

  • EPG Health Media is a digital communications company and publisher of, which provides healthcare professionals worldwide with free access to a wealth of clinical content, carefully developed and curated from trustworthy sources and conveniently organised by disease, medical specialty and information type. Content includes localised prescription drug information, disease-focused 'Learning Zones', treatment guidelines, drug and industry news, clinical trial information and journal article abstracts.
  • Roche is a global, research-focused healthcare company with Group Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. They are a leading provider of pharmaceutical treatments for cancer and viral diseases and a major supplier of medicines for the treatment of transplantation, virology, bone and rheumatology and renal anaemia. In total, the company employs over 90,000 people across more than 100 countries.



  1. Bray F, Ren J-S, Masuyer E, Ferley J. Global estimates of cancer prevalence for 27 sites in the adult population in 2008. Int J Cancer 2013;132:1133–1145.
  2. World Health Organization (WHO)/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). GLOBOCAN 2012: estimated cancer incidence, mortality and prevalence worldwide in 2012. 2012. Available at: (last accessed January 2016).
  3. Torre LA, Bray F, Siegel RL, et al. Global cancer statistics, 2012. CA Cancer J Clin 2015;65:87–108.
  4. American Cancer Society (ACS). Global burden of cancer. 2008. Available at: (last accessed January 2016).

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Editor's Details

Kristie Marchant
EPG Health Media

Last updated on: 29/09/2016

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