Patients Breast cancer is extremely common. It affects 110 out of 100,000 people and kills about 25 out of every 100,000 people. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing, partly because the population is aging and partly because there are more women getting mammograms.
One research article (1) looked into the latest recommendations for breast cancer identification and treatment. They noted that the diagnosis of breast cancer depends on evaluating the breasts through a thorough clinical examination, having regular mammograms, and getting biopsies showing the type of breast cancer that is present. The treatments for breast cancer seem to be evolving and are improving survival rates.
There are better chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer as well as biologic treatments that act directly on the cancerous cells, leaving normal cells unharmed.
Source: 1.Kataja V, et al. Primary breast cancer: ESMO Clinical Recommendations for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Ann Oncol (2009) 20 (Suppl 4): iv10-iv14.
Dr. Adem Gunes