Breast Cancer Diagnostics Market: Introduction
According to the report, the global breast cancer diagnostics market was valued at ~US$ 4.8 Bn in 2018 and is projected to expand at a high CAGR during the forecast period. Breast cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the breast, where the cells grow out of control. The breast cancer cells are formed in the lobules or ducts of the breast. It can also occur in the fatty tissue or the fibrous connective tissue of the breast. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women across the globe. Older women are at higher risk of developing breast cancer. Breast cancer does not show any symptoms in the early stages. Different types of breast cancer have different symptoms. The common symptoms of breast cancer are breast lump, abnormal thickening of breast tissues, changes in size, shape, and appearance of the breast; changes in the skin over the breast, swelling in all parts of breast, inverted nipple, and peeling & scaling of skin on nipple. Breast cancer is primarily categorized into invasive breast cancer and non-invasive breast cancer. Invasive breast cancer is the most common form and accounts for about 80% of total breast cancer diagnosed globally.
Breast cancer can be diagnosed with different imaging tools such as mammography, breast ultrasound systems, MRI scans, breast biopsy, and molecular diagnostics. Advancements in breast cancer diagnosis and increase in awareness about breast cancer in developed countries have led to the increased survival rates. Technological advancements in breast imaging, tissue biopsies, and molecular testing are likely to enable early detection and screening of breast cancer. The growth of the global breast cancer diagnostics market can also be attributed to the rise in prevalence of breast cancer across the globe, technological advancements & new product development, and increase in the geriatric population.
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North America dominated the global breast cancer diagnostics market in 2018 and the trend is projected to continue during the forecast period. This can be ascribed to the presence of key players, increase in incidence of breast cancer, favorable reimbursement policies, and launch of new products.
High Prevalence of Breast Cancer to Drive Global Market
Breast cancer is a frequently occurring cancer among women. According to the World Health Organization, around 2.1 million women across the world are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. In 2018, an estimated 627,000 women succumbed to breast cancer across the globe. According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics published in December, 2013, 1.7 million i.e., 11.9%, people were diagnosed with breast cancer globally in 2012. Breast cancer was the cause of death of 522,000 women globally in 2012. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, the number of breast cancer cases will reach 5.5 million in 2030. Hence, high prevalence and increase in incidence rate of breast cancer across the globe is projected to drive the breast cancer diagnostics market during the forecast period.
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Technological Advancements and New Product Development to Propel Global Market
Technological advancements in breast cancer imaging & tissue biopsies and increased research funding for breast cancer diagnosis have led to new product development. Multiple studies on and products comprising emerging technologies in breast imaging were presented at the 2014 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference in December, with a focus on how these would affect women who have dense breasts. Most researchers have been comparing the utility of mammography screening versus tomosynthesis. According to Volpara Solutions, the efficacy of mammography is reduced for a significant number of women due to the masking of cancers in areas of increased tissue density. However, introduction of 3D mammography improves cancer detection in dense breasts. A newer breast imaging modality – digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) or 3D mammography – creates a 3D picture of the breast using X-ray, and has become a more popular method of screening.
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Imaging Segment to Lead Global Market
In terms of technique, the global breast cancer diagnostics market has been classified into imaging, tissue biopsy tests, and molecular diagnostics. Imaging is projected to be the leading segment during the forecast period. The imaging segment has been categorized into mammography, breast ultrasound systems, MRI scan, and PET/CT scan. SCS are primarily intended for relieving chronic pain in long-term medical care. Mammography is considered a standard technique and first-line diagnostic test for breast cancer. Significant rise in adoption of digital mammography systems across health care facilities, rise in demand for mammography systems in emerging markets, and increased government funding for breast cancer diagnosis & treatment contributed to the mammography sub-segment’s dominant share of the imaging segment in 2018. The mammography sub-segment has been bifurcated into analog mammography and digital mammography.
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