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What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a disease which starts in the breast, wherein cancer cells form and grow out of control. The breast is made up of lobules, ducts, fatty and connective tissue, blood vessels and lymph vessels. The lobules, and ducts are the glands and tubes which make and carry breast milk to the nipple. These lobules and ducts are the two most likely areas cancerous cells develop.

* According to the CDC, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.

* 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

* 1 in 1,000 men will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

* In women with a mother, sister or daughter who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, her risk doubles.

* Some breast cancers are linked to gene mutations which are inherited from a person’s natural parents. The most common mutations are of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

* Significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (female) and age.

* Women under 30 have a 0.44% chance of developing breast cancer over their next 10 years. By the age of 50, that number increases to 2.31%.

What are the chances of survival of breast cancer?

It is important to remember survival rates are usually based on historical information of people who developed breast cancer. However, survival rates cannot predict what will happen in any particular case. There are many factors which affect a person’s outlook and survival.

The best chance for survival of this terrible disease is early detection.

The survival rates below are divided by the stage of cancer in the patients, and are based on a 5-year observation. These rates come from the National Cancer Institute’s SEER database.

5-year Relative Survival Rate

Stage
0   100%

I    100%

II    93%

III   72%

IV   22%

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