Cancer is a particularly heinous medical condition, and it’s almost a safe assumption that most people have had a negative encounter with cancer, whether the experience was their own or that of someone close to them. In fact, cancer is all too common for the destruction wrought by it, with studies suggesting odds close to or even in excess of one in three for developing some time of cancer throughout a lifetime. Cancer can take many shapes and affect the body in many ways, one of which is Breast Cancer.
Breast cancer is one of the most common varieties of cancer across the world, with many studies suggesting only skin cancer is more frequently diagnosed. As a result of how widespread and common it is, it’s not uncommon to know a close friend or family member who has gone through the battle with breast cancer. Breast cancer affects primarily women, but rarely strikes men as well.
Although a fight with cancer can be long and hard, tens of thousands of women conquer breast cancer every year, and thanks to the efforts of the medical community and support from survivors and various charities and supporters, every year we inch closer to ridding the world of breast cancer for good. There are many positive changes happening in the fight against breast cancer worldwide, and below, we’ll highlight 4 of them.
1. Spreading Awareness
One of the deadliest characteristics of any cancer, breast cancer included, is its ability to go undetected for long periods of time. Undetected cancer is free to develop and spread, taking deeper root in the body, and if left unchecked, can quickly become deadly. As more and more people have had unpleasant encounters with breast cancer, awareness has rapidly spread and public knowledge has spiked.
Increased public awareness leads many women and even some men to talk to their physicians about cancer, and schedule screenings if necessary. Individuals with a family history of breast cancer can periodically receive screening tests to monitor their own health. Awareness and the availability of breast cancer screening procedures allow developing breast cancer to be discovered and eliminated in its early stages before it can become difficult to manage.
2. Mortality Statistics are Steadily Declining
For over a decade, the mortality rates attached to a breast cancer diagnosis have steadily declined and continue to decline every day. Improved treatments and of course growing public awareness mean that breast cancer is often discovered in its early stages where it’s much easier to eliminate, and even mid to late-stage cancer can be effectively treated in many patients with today’s advancing medical strategies.
3. Treatments are Constantly Improving
Cancer treatment techniques have improved year over year, and as a result, even difficult and late-stage breast cancer can be conquered. Treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, and surgical techniques have all been fine-tuned to be more effective for targeting specific cancers, breast cancer included. Both radiation therapy and chemotherapy are well understood, and each can even be provided in the form of a pill in some cases.
4. Preventative Measures are Possible
Many preventative measures have been discovered which can help reduce the chances of developing breast cancer, such as managing to maintain a healthy weight with regular physical activity and eating healthy. Substances such as alcohol and tobacco smoke can significantly increase the likelihood of developing many types of cancer, and avoiding them is recommended. In addition to preventative measures you can do at home, preventative medicine is being deployed for those with a strong history of breast cancer, which can substantially lower the risk of developing breast cancer.
While the fight against breast cancer is ongoing, thousands of professionals are working every day to make breast cancer a thing of the past.