Breast cancer awareness
has spread successfully over the years, and many may wonder if buying the pink T-shirts and participating in the walks has shown a difference. Fox News reports that these efforts have definitely made a difference.
"The progress we've made over the last 20 years has changed the face of the disease for American women," Dr. Freya Schnabel, director of breast surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, told the news source. "We can find it earlier, treat it more effectively, reduce recurrence, and enhance survival."
New screening and tests include a nipple-fluid test, which can detect breast cancer possibilities at a young age, and estrogen-blocking drugs. In addition, there is customized chemotherapy available, which allows each physician to treat a patient as an individual, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women behind lung cancer. However, the death rate has decreased since 1990, as advancements in breast cancer breakthrough news and research has developed. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.