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Breast Cancer (cont.)

Breast Cancer Prognosis

Due to improved screening and awareness of breast cancer coupled with advances in therapy, death rates from breast cancer have been continuously declining since 1990. In particular, noninvasive (in situ) cancers are associated with a very high cure rate, but even advanced tumors have been successfully treated. It is important to remember that breast cancer is a highly treatable disease and that screening for breast cancer often enables the detection of tumors at their earliest stages when treatment has the best chance for success.

Breast Cancer Research

Research is ongoing to help clarify the precise causes of breast cancer and the cellular mechanism by which certain lifestyle factors cause development of cancer. A long-term ongoing study is looking at 50,000 women whose sisters had breast cancer and will collect information from these women over a period of 10 years. The influence of diet and lifestyle factors that may influence cancer development or progression is of particular interest to researchers.

Other types of research are directed at identification of additional cellular targets (such as the HER-2 protein) that may be useful for the development of new therapies for breast cancer. The development of new chemotherapy agents is being studied as well as the effectiveness of newer and different radiotherapy regimens.

Surgical therapies are also being improved and advances in surgical technique are being investigated to improve both surgical removal of breast cancers and breast reconstruction following tumor removal.

Breast Cancer Support Groups and Counseling

American Cancer Society
800-ACS-2345
http://www.cancer.org

National Cancer Institute
Toll-free: 800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
TTY (for deaf and hard-of-hearing callers): 800-332-8615

For More Information

American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org

National Cancer Institute: http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov

Medically reviewed by Jay B. Zatzkin, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Medical Oncology

REFERENCES:

American Cancer Society. "Breast Cancer." <http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/index>.

United States. National Cancer Institute. "General Information About Breast Cancer." Sept. 25, 2014. <http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/
breast/healthprofessional#Section_551>.

United States. National Cancer Institute. "SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Breast Cancer." <http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/breast.html>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/18/2015

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