More and more women (and men) are overcoming breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, the percentage of people affected by breast cancer who survive five years after diagnosis has climbed to 89.4%. What’s behind the improved survival rates? Breast cancer research and treatment have seen dramatic advances in recent years. Here are a few of the trends in breast health.
Minimally invasive treatment. A cancer diagnosis does not necessarily mean you will face invasive surgery anymore. Many cancer treatment facilities are increasingly focusing on minimally invasive procedures. Hospitals like the Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center will use processes like cryoablation, in which tumors are frozen. This destroys the tumor.
Early detection. Early detection of breast cancer is critical. Over the last few years, more and more health organizations have emphasized early detection. They are encouraging women to get regular breast exams, and providing more access to mammograms to find breast cancer as early as possible to improve health outcomes.
Prevention. The old saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Coupled with early detection, attempts are being made to prevent breast cancer before it starts. IU Health’s Catherine Peachey Breast Cancer Prevention Program, offers services ranging from genetic and lifestyle counseling to preventive procedures to make sure that as much as possible, breast cancer doesn’t develop in the first place.
If you or someone you know has a history of breast cancer in your family, talk to your doctor to see what you need to do to detect and prevent breast cancer. If you are affected by breast cancer, contact IU Health’s Simon Cancer Center and fight back against the disease.