Breast Cancer Statistics

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Breast Cancer Statistics

Breast Cancer Statistics: Breast cancer is one of the most horrible diseases that comes as a cause of women’s death. This type of cancer originates from the tissue of the breast and occurs mostly in humans, but it can also appear in other mammals. Breast cancer mainly affects women, but there are cases in which men have it, too. An interesting statistic says that this cancer represents 22.9% of all the cancers diagnosed in the world in women. In 2008, about 460,000 women died because of it and it represented the cause of death for 13.7% of the women that died that year.

In the photograph bellow you can see a mammogram which shows the breast of a patient that was initially deemed as cancer-free, although the patient was considered a high-risk one because of the dense tissue. Unfortunately, the MBI shows the cancer cells that the usual mammogram could not show.

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Unfortunately, there are not many statistics related to breast cancer showing a clear situation in what regards the whole world. Most of them are based on the data raised in the United States of America where more and more researchers are trying to find a solution to stop the appearance of this type of cancer. The numbers are not at all encouraging. For example, one in 8 American women will develop breast cancer at least once in her lifetime. About 40,000 women died last year in the States because of this cancer.

For 2012, the statistics don’t show any improvement, as it seems that about 226,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, 63,000 with carcinoma in situ and about 40,000 will die of breast cancer.

Fortunately, the incidence of breast cancer decreased with about 2% per year in America since 1999. One cause may be that the HRT (hormone replacement therapy) was stopped a few years ago thanks to a study that showed that it did not had positive results in most of the women that had it.

Of course, not all numbers related to breast cancer are negative. Some of those that are diagnosed with the illness fight for their lives and manage to beat the cancer cells which try to take control over their bodies (and look like this in the cell diagram):

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According to studies, this time made in England, about 95.8% of the women that are diagnosed with breast cancer survive for at least a year after the diagnosis is given. 85.1% English women beat the cancer for more than 5 years and 77.9 can mark their 10 years cancer-free anniversary. Even if some sustain the fact that the 5 year survival rate is similar to curing, it can easily be noticed that it is not true. The rate continues to fall after the 5 year mark even if women with the diagnosis survived the first half of decade.

What women should know about cancer are not only statistics and the way in which a cancer cell looks. A diagram is easy to remember, but unfortunately, it is not as helpful in real life. Women should pay attention to their breasts and should know what to look for. An early diagnosis is a high chance of survival, this is why education on the matter is extremely important. Although no woman would want to confront such a problem, it is better to address it as soon as possible. Here is a picture with the signs of breast cancer that any woman can easily notice by simply looking in the mirror: lumps, pulled in nipples, dimpling, dripping, skin changes, redness and rash.

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For you and for all those around you, recognizing the signs of this cancer is literally vital. Be aware of the fact that cancer is a serious illness which you can overcome, but the most important thing to do it is to recognize it and get a diagnose rapidly. The more you know about breast cancer, the better, as information is power and you will need it in case you or someone else close to you has to face such a major problem.

Breast Cancer Statistics