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Facts and figures on breast cancer risks and screening

by Staff

THIS YEAR IT IS ESTIMATED that more than 266,000 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. Many women wonder if they will be one of them. Suburban Family captured some of the most commonly sought statistics about breast cancer and spoke to some of the area’s leading professionals about screening for the disease and how new technology is bringing hope to so many. 

1 in 8 Women who will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime

85 Percentage of women diagnosed who have no family history of  the disease According to our experts...

40% Decrease in deaths from breast cancer  in the past 25 years 

According to our experts…

What are the risk factors contributing to breast cancer?
The general risk factors are increasing age and being female. Also, family history, inherited  factors, obesity, high breast density, not having children and early menstrual history or late menopause. Additionally, a prior history  of breast cancer and certain noncancerous breast diseases are risk factors. The five-year survival rate for women with early breast c ancer Stage 0 or Stage 1 is close to 100 percent.
Dr. Kathleen V. Greatrex
 Chief of Breast Imaging
Lourdes Health System

What are the new technologies in breast imaging?
South Jersey Radiology offers both 2D and 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis. Th is is an FDA-approved advanced technology using images taken at multiple angles. Basically what that means is we are able to do mammogra phy and a breast ultrasound, and with that an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and breast MRI biopsy. Because we do all of those imaging procedures and biopsies associated with them, that means we get our own feedback and have a team of breast imaging specialists reading your scans.
Dr. Catherine Piccoli
South Jersey Radiology

Is it safe to undergo fertility treatments after I’ve been diagnosed?
Since some  breast cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, can have an adverse effect on the ability of having a baby, the best approach is to con sider preserving the fertility potentials before According to our experts... such a treatment starts. At Delaware Valley Institute of Fertility & Genetics, SEEDS, a  specialized cancer patient program, has addressed these issues for a variety of female and male cancer patients, giving birth to severa l children in cancer survivors.
Dr. George S. Taliadouros
Founder and director Delaware Valley Institute of Fertility & Genetics

Are there  new oncology treatment options available for those diagnosed with breast cancer?
There is a multitude of new and exciting treatments fo r breast cancer, in many cases with minimal side effects and increased effectiveness. We are now able to understand breast cancer at th e genomic level, unlocking an abundance of targeted therapy personalized to each patient's specific tumor. We are also increasingly dev eloping treatments that harness the power of the immune  system to fight this disease more effectively without the burden and toxicity o f conventional chemotherapy.
Dr. Noah Lindenberg
Lindenberg Cancer and Hematology Center

What is breast thermography?
Thermography allows  women to maintain their dignity while empowering them to be proactive in their health and wellness concerns. The earliest possible ind ication of abnormalities allows for the earliest possible interventions.   
Liesha Getson, BCTT, HHC
Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging 

Black women are 42% more likely to die from breast cancer than  white women

40 Age a woman should begin breast cancer  screening

A healthy lifestyle may help reduce breast cancer risk. Maintain a healthy weight, get regular exercise and  limit alcohol.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 8 (October 2018).
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