Ready for some light reading? Looking for conversational icebreakers for the waiting room? Want to be ready when your colleagues, who think you now know EVERYTHING about breast cancer, ask you a question? Take a look at these 25 fast facts. But don’t worry—there’s no quiz afterwards. You’ve already passed the cancer course. 1. Surveys show that women’s #1 health fear is breast cancer. 2. On January 1, 2005, the latest date for which figures are available, there were approximately 2,477,847 breast cancer survivors in the United States. 3. Your chance of developing breast cancer in the next 10 years: •Age 20, 1 in 1,837; •Age 30, 1 in 234; •Age 40, 1 in 70; •Age 50, 1 in 50; •Age 60, 1 in 28; •Age 70, 1 in 26. 4. Although the breast cancer diagnosis rate has increased since the early 1990s, the overall death rate from breast cancer has dropped. 5. It’s estimated that approximately $8.1 billion is spent in the United States each ...
My wife Keri Haberstroh was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 25. My name is Doug, and I'm here to tell Keri's story. It is what she would have wanted. Keri had just finished her second round of chemotherapy treatment and breast reconstruction when she noticed a pain in her pelvic area. She had the pain checked, and as it turns out, our battle with cancer was not over yet. A small amount of her breast cancer moved through the bloodstream and took up home in her tailbone. As she explains below to all our family, it's just another step, but this one really caught us off guard. The doctor visit we had after the scans that proved the cancer had moved was one that will be in my memory forever. It always reminds me of those times when you just shake your head and say to yourself, what now? I actually believe Keri took the news better than I did, but I know we stayed up late that night talking and I'll never forget those moments.
"Has it spread?" Women with breast cancer wait in fear for the answer to this question when they are first diagnosed and for years afterwards. Fortunately, these days with better education and early detection techniques, most women are diagnosed before the cancer has spread.
The medical word for cancer that has spread to a distant organ is metastasis . When a breast cancer cell leaves the breast and goes to another part of the body--usually the bones, lungs, liver, or central nervous system--the disease is called metastatic breast cancer.
Still Breast Cancer
After treatment, cancer can recur in one of three ways. In a local recurrence, the cancer comes back in the breast or near the scar if the woman had a mastectomy. In a regional recurrence, the cancer shows up in the lymph nodes or tissue near the breast. With metastatic disease, the cancer has set up housekeeping in an organ far from its original home in the breast; however, it is st...
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