The Future of Breast Cancer in
What about tomorrow? How can we change the future
for many women? Today, until we receive new information, early detection
is the best hope for Amercan women. Early detection - practicing regular
breast self-exams, complying with screening guidelines for clinical exams
and mammography on the recommended basis - is the best hope we can currently
offer. It is estimated that one-third of the breast cancer deaths in America
yearly could be prevented by early detection. Breast cancer detected in
its early stage can usually be treated successfully. Our commitment is to
education and support of the woman to learn breast self-exam skills and
adhere to the screening guidelines until our future in breast cancer changes.
- Breast cancer is the number one occurring cancer
in women. Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
- 178,700 women and 1,600 men will be diagnosed with
invasive breast cancer. Another 36,900 will be diagnosed with in situ
breast cancer for a total of 215,600 diagnoses.
- Every 12 minutes a person dies from breast cancer.
- Breast cancer is the number one cause of death among
women 35 to 54 years of age.
- In 1961, breast cancer incidence was 1 in 20 women;
today it is one in eight.
- It is estimated that 2 million women will be diagnosed
with breast cancer this decade.
- One-half million women will die of breast cancer
in this decade, ten times more Americans than were killed in the Vietnam
- Breast cancer has the highest degree of emotional
morbidity of any disease for women.
- Breast cancer utilizes more diagnostic x-rays than
any disease yearly.
- Breast cancer requires more surgical operations than
any other disease.
- Breast cancer requires more chemotherapy than any
- Breast cancer requires more radiation therapy than
any other cancer.
- Breast cancer requires more diagnostic testing (bone,
liver scans) than any other cancer.
- Breast cancer requires more hormonal therapy than
any other disease.
- Breast cancer is the most costly cancer in physician
and hospital bills.
- Breast cancer is the most self-discovered of all
For more information, please
call The Connie Dwyer Breast Center at (973) 877-5189.
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