What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the breast tissue (Breast cancer facts, para. 1).
Recent trends are encouraging with early detection and treatment, but breast cancer cases are still too high. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation:
- In 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S., as well as 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- 63% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (there is no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast), for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
- This year, an estimated 43,600 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S.
Although rare, men get breast cancer too. In 2021, an estimated 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S., and approximately 530 will die.
- 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. It is estimated that in 2021, approximately 30% of all new women cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer.
- There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
On average, every 2 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.
- In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.
While you can’t prevent breast cancer, it is crucial to be proactive about your health.
How do I self-detect breast cancer or warning signs?
Most people who have breast cancer symptoms and signs will initially notice only one or two, and these symptoms and signs do not automatically mean that you have breast cancer (Breast cancer symptoms and signs, para. 2).
Some changes to self-examine and watch for, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation:
How to treat breast cancer:
The goal of treating early and locally advanced breast cancers is to get rid of cancer and keep it from coming back.
Treatment includes some combination of:
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
- HER2-targeted therapy (treatment to block the action of an abnormal protein (such as HER2) that stimulates the growth of breast cancer cells).
These treatments are designed to remove cancer from the breast and destroy any cancer that might still be in the body.
Signature’s skilled nurses and licensed therapists have over 25 years of experience treating breast cancer patients with compassion and expertise. Our highly trained nurses will help you better understand your disease, medications, treatment options and deliver peace of mind at home. Our therapists will help you regain function and design a customized exercise program for you –all in the comfort of your own home.
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ACS Breast Cancer Early Detection Recommendations. American Cancer Society. (n.d.). Retrieved October 6, 2021, from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection/american-cancer-society-recommendations-for-the-early-detection-of-breast-cancer.html.
Breast cancer facts. National Breast Cancer Foundation. (2021, September 3). Retrieved October 6, 2021, from https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts.
Breast cancer symptoms and signs. National Breast Cancer Foundation. (2021, February 2). Retrieved October 6, 2021, from https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-symptoms-and-signs.
Causes of breast cancer. National Breast Cancer Foundation. (2020, October 29). Retrieved October 6, 2021, from https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/causes-of-breast-cancer.
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