Breast cancer survival rates soar
A breast-cancer diagnosis can
be a devastating blow.
Upon receiving such a diagnosis,
people may begin to
ask questions about treatment and the
impact cancer may have on their personal
Many people who are diagnosed
with cancer also begin to wonder
about their mortality.
An estimated 266,120 new
cases of invasive breast
cancer and 63,960 new
cases of non-invasive, or
in-situ, breast cancer are
expected to be diagnosed
among women in the United
States this year, according to
to the latest statistics
presented by the Canadian
women and 230
men had been
breast cancer in
Canada in 2017.
The good news is that breast-cancer
incidence rates began decreasing
in 2000 after increasing for the
previous two decades.
In addition, death rates from
breast cancer have been decreasing
steadily since 1989.
The National Cancer Institute
says that the change in age-adjusted
mortality rates are an indicator of
the progress being made in the fight
against breast cancer.
The most recent SEER Cancer Statistics
Review released in
April 2018 indicates cancer
death rates among
women decreased by
1.4 percent per year
between the years of
2006 and 2015.
Cancer Society says
that decreasing death
rates among major cancer
types, including prostate,
colorectal, lung, and breast
cancers, are driving the
overall shift in survival.
The Society says breastcancer
among women declined
by 39 percent from 1989
to 2015. That progress is
attributed to improvements
in early detection and treatment
For anyone doing the math, over
the last 25 years or so, 322,000 lives
Early detection and better treatment options are improving the chances of
surviving breast cancer.
have been saved from breast cancer.
A similar scenario has unfolded
in Canada. Breast cancer mortality
rates in Canada recently decreased
to 21.4 percent, down from 21.8 percent
in 2011, states data from the Canadian
Currently, the five-year survival
rate for breast cancer among Canadians
is 87 percent, and the five-year
net survival in the United States is
Increased knowledge about breast
cancer, early detection through examinations
and mammography, and
improved treatments are helping to
drive up the survival rates of breast
cancer. Although this does not make
diagnosis any less scary, it does offer
hope to those recently diagnosed.
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