Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5 (BCI2.5)

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women worldwide. An estimated 5.8 million women will die from breast cancer by 2025, with a disproportionate number of these deaths occurring in low-resource settings. Higher breast cancer case fatality rates in low-resource settings have been attributed to a lack of awareness regarding the benefits of early detection and treatment, late-stage diagnosis and limited access to appropriate care. 

BCI2.5 is exploring innovative ways to implement affordable, appropriate, acceptable and feasible evidence-based strategies.

We’re identifying, documenting and fostering dissemination of new and innovative approaches to the delivery of breast health care in low-resource settings. Part of our success lies in our collaboration with partners to make the best use of available resources to provide technical expertise and promote evidence-based care models for early detection, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care that can be scaled up when and where needed. Our initiative pursues an approach that capitalizes on the capabilities of the organizing partners, aligns with WHO resolutions, addresses the global need and adapts to each region’s unique situation.

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About Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5

Learn more about who we are and how we approach the disparity issues around breast cancer.

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Knowledge and Assessment

Find toolkits designed to address questions about comprehensive breast cancer control in limited-resource settings, and situation analysis tools to aid countries in assessing their needs and challenges in breast health care delivery.

Global Breast Health Analytics Map (GloBAM)

GloBAM is an interactive data visualization tool for breast cancer statistics. See the rates of individual countries and how they compare to their socioeconomic counterparts.

Educational Resources

In partnership with the Breast Health Global Initiative, we’ve curated a collection of videos, webinars and course materials addressing issues that span the breast cancer continuum from planning to palliative care.

Learn more about breast health world-wide.

Latest Breast Cancer News

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Risky business: Understanding how numbers, percentages and data impact cancer care Statistics can simultaneously enlighten and confuse patients November 21, 2023
Research into targeted treatments, better prediction models in breast cancer funded Breast Cancer Research Foundation continues support for research by Fred Hutch/UW/Seattle Children’s Cancer Consortium physicians and scientists November 16, 2023
2 women with breast cancer share their perspectives on living with the disease During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Leah Marcoe and Maria Pearson reflect on their experiences October 18, 2023
BRCA-mutation researcher Dr. Rosevalentine Bosire named Brave Fellow In memory of runner Gabe Grunewald, research at Fred Hutch will inform new treatments for rare and aggressive cancers October 17, 2023

Contact Us


The BCI2.5 Secretariat is located at the Fred Hutch Robert W. Day Campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle.

Catherine Duggan

Director, Research and Implementation

Marisa Hartman