October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about the disease, to encourage women to have regular breast cancer screening, and to aid in the early detection of the disease.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women; one in every 8 of American women will, at some stage in her life, develop breast cancer. The good news is that with early diagnosis, breast cancer is becoming more and more treatable; the long term survival rate for breast cancer patients who turned first to functional oncology is 75%, with the survival rates expected to increase with the inclusion of IPTLD into our cancer suppression phase for suitable patients.
Whilst the disease is most common in women, men get breast cancer too. It is important to raise awareness of the disease in both men and women.
This month we will focus on telling you about detection and prevention of breast cancer because, there is no doubt that early detection is key to effective treatment of this disease.
What Is Breast Cancer?
There are 5 main types of breast cancer:
– Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS)
– Invasive Breast Cancer
– HER2 positive breast cancer
– Lobular Carcinoma in Situ (LCIS)
– Rarer types of breast cancer
Each type of breast cancer is classified according to where it started, the way the cancer cells behave and whether they have spread to other areas of the body (and if so, where they have travelled to). Once an oncologist has determined the type and stage of a breast cancer, they will assess the best treatment procedure for that patient.
The Importance of early detection
You may be sick of healthcare providers and cancer sufferers from going on about the importance of regular screening and early diagnosis. But the fact is, this information could save your life. The aim of screening is to detect breast cancer before symptoms start. The earlier a cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat; breast cancers that are detected because of symptoms are likely to be larger and are more likely to have spread to other tissues around the breast than cancers diagnosed before symptoms arise.
Early Detection of breast cancer is believed to save thousands of lives every single year.
Breast Cancer Prevention: Reduce Your Risks
Breast cancer is caused by the combination of a number of contributing factors, such as age, weight, lifestyle, environment and genetics. Some elements, such and genetics and plan old fashioned luck, are out of our control. However, there are measures that every woman can take to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.
This month we will look more closely at breast cancer detection and prevention, as well as alternative treatment approaches to the disease.
If you would like to know more about our approach to breast cancer, contact us to speak to a qualified US based case worker.