According to the World Cancer Research Fund Foundation:
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the second most common cancer overall.
- Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in 140 of 184 countries worldwide.
- There are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.
- Based on the most recent data for 5-year, 10-year and 15-year survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer are 91%, 86% and 80% respectively.
- The overall 5-year relative survival rate is 99% for localized diseases, 85% for regional disease and 27% for distant-stage disease.
A full report of statistics, as well as many other educational articles on breast cancer and breast cancer treatment can be found at brcf.org.
Following are some additional statistics you may not know, as well as additional information on survival rates provided by breastcancer.org
- “About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations”
- “A woman’s risk of cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
Due to improvements in treatment and early detection by mammography, breast cancer mortality rates have continued to decline since 1989.
Another unusual fact is BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are linked to 5 – 10% of all breast cancers.
It should be noted there is an increased risk of ovarian cancer associated with these mutations, and a lot more research is required to study this correlation.
Awareness should become a priority nationally.
In researching for our series of articles, I was surprised to learn that September was National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Further, I was shocked to learn that teal is the associated color for this awareness month.
Dr. John McDougall of Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center website and blog is one of our favorite bloggers. We have subscribed for some time to his newsletter.
Dr. McDougall’s primary focus since the early 70’s has been on breast cancer and breast cancer treatments.
He provides such a well-rounded variety of useful and usable information, as well as the newest trends in healthcare and tips for healthy living.
One particular viewpoint of Dr. McDougall’s is presented in his video published on McDougall’s Moments: Breast Cancer Treatment.
Many thanks to Dr. McDougall for graciously allowing us permission to share his video with you. Please review his website and subscribe to his newsletter. The recipes are wonderful also.
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, second opinions may save your life.
Explore and research all recommendations with the help of your team of physicians that you will be seeing on the journey back to health.
Being informed about all aspects of your treatment and potential short and long-term side effects will enable you to participate in your own path to recovery.