Breast Cancer Tweet Chat Highlights

Dr. Nicole Simone

Jefferson radiation oncologist, Dr. Nicole Simone.

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:

  1. 231,840 breast cancer cases are diagnosed per year, and there are currently 2.8 million survivors in the United States.
  2. Although breast cancer is still most common in the aging Caucasian population, more African-American women will die from the disease.
  3. Factors like sedentary lifestyle, obesity and lack of access to care also contribute to risk.
  4. Disparities must be overcome with patient education and screenings.
  5. Lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet and exercising can reduce estrogen in the body, and are key to reducing breast cancer risk.
  6. Advances in breast cancer research allow physicians to identify and closely monitor those with high risk.
  7. 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.
  8. According to a Nurses’ Health study, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can decrease recurrence rates.
  9. Clinical trials are crucial to helping future generations of cancer patients and to stopping cancer.
  10. Learn about Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson clinical trials and consider enrolling!

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