FEATURE: A Closer Look at Breast Cancer
Author: Amber Hurt, M.D., FACS, General Surgeon
Education on breast cancer is a priority that will improve our efforts to bring awareness to the disease and ultimately save lives. Improving quality of life for many men and women diagnosed with earlier stages can also be achieved by increasing awareness as cancers may be found earlier.
Based on data from 2007-2009, one in eight (12.38%) of women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during their lifetime. It is the most common cancer in women worldwide. It is estimated that more than 1.6 million new cases of breast cancer occurred among women worldwide in 2010 (most recent data available).
In 2013, among U.S. women there will be 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer. This includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of the original breast cancer among survivors. In addition to invasive cancers, there will be 64,640 new cases of in situ breast cancer. In situ carcinomas include ductal and lobular types. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a non-invasive breast cancer and lobular carcinoma in situ is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer. Of the new cases of in situ breast cancer, 85% are DCIS. Unfortunately an estimated 39,620 breast cancer deaths will occur in 2013.
Among men, breast cancer is rare, but it does happen. In 2013, it is estimated that among men in the U.S. there will be 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 410 breast cancer deaths. It is these deaths that we are trying to reduce by earlier detection.
Click circles below to see 2012 statistics on breast cancer.