Breast cancer: how common is it? How can lifestyle and other factors impact diagnosis? Dr. Nicole Simone, a radiation oncologist at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, recently participated in #SABCSchat hosted by Cancer Today as part of the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Here are the highlights:
- 231,840 breast cancer cases are diagnosed per year, and there are currently 2.8 million survivors in the United States.
- Although breast cancer is still most common in the aging Caucasian population, more African-American women will die from the disease.
- Factors like sedentary lifestyle, obesity and lack of access to care also contribute to risk.
- Disparities must be overcome with patient education and screenings.
- Lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet and exercising can reduce estrogen in the body, and are key to reducing breast cancer risk.
- Advances in breast cancer research allow physicians to identify and closely monitor those with high risk.
- New research shows we may be able to use a new biomarker, CD10 to tell which patients with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) can avoid overtreatment.
- According to a Nurses’ Health study, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can decrease recurrence rates.
- Clinical trials are crucial to helping future generations of cancer patients and to stopping cancer.
- Learn about Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson clinical trials and consider enrolling!
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