Study shows that some breast cancer patients could have prevented the disease
Dec 27, 2011
A new study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, found that the majority of breast cancer patients were on the older side when diagnosed, had lower grade tumors and had a high frequency of estrogen receptor positive disease, which can cause bone cancer. These are all signs that could have been identified early on.
"We clearly need to do more work and test novel therapy approaches to improve disease outcome, but also put major emphasis on increasing awareness about the importance of early detection and presentation when breast symptoms arise," said Dr. Suleiman Massarweh. "In addition, it is very important that major cancer centers such as ours study their cancer populations more closely to identify characteristics of disease and guide the future of research and improving outcomes of patients."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.