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More breast cancer survivors returning to work

Breast cancer is a disease that takes more than 400,000 lives each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Short-term disability claims for individuals who have been diagnosed with breast cancer doubled between 2001 and 2007, according to Unum, an employment benefits company. However, experts say there is a silver lining - as it turns out, people are returning to work faster.

"It means people are experiencing more effective, less debilitating treatments, but it also means they are returning to the sense of normalcy and routine that can be so beneficial during a difficult time," said Diane Garofalo, senior vice president of Disability Benefits for Unum.

Breast cancer has been a leading cause cited in Unum disability claims over the past nine years. However, the increase in cancer survivors returning to work may give hope to those still battling the disease.

The five-year survival rate of individuals who detect breast cancer by Stage 1 is nearly 100 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. Women are encouraged to talk to their doctors about taking proactive measures against the deadly disease.
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