How Common is Breast Cancer?

Did you know that one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime?

Although more and more women are surviving, breast cancer remains to be the most common cancer in women. According to statistics, women in the U.S. have a 12% risk of developing breast cancer in her lifetime – that’s a one in eight chance that she will develop the disease.

Here are the estimates of the American Cancer Society for breast cancer this year in the United States alone:

  • About 40,000 breast cancer deaths.
  • Around 266,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer that is invasive.
  • About 63,000 of breast carcinoma in situ will be diagnosed. This is the earliest form of breast cancer

Why have the rates gone up? Let us at Breast Reconstruction Associates, your Dallas breast reconstruction specialists, help you understand the possible causes.

There is actually no simple answer. Breast cancer can have a variety of different causes. Some of the causes of breast cancer can be controlled. Others are largely out of our hands.

Here are some possible causes:

  1. Genetic

These are risk factors that cannot be changed, and can include:

Gender – breast cancer occurs more often in women

Age – 2 out of 3 women are diagnosed after age 55

Personal health history – your risk increases if abnormal breast cells have been detected before

Menstrual and reproductive history – early menstruation and late menopause, as well as having your first child at an older age can increase your risk

  1. Environmental

These are avoidable risk factors, which includes:

Poor diet – eating foods rich in saturated fats and a lack of nutritious foods in your diet can increase your risk

Lack of physical activity – having a sedentary lifestyle can increase your risk of breast cancer

Drinking alcohol – the more you consume, the greater the risk

Being obese or overweight – your risk increases if you have already gone through menopause

Taking combined HRT or hormone replacement therapy – taking HRT will heighten the risk of cancer detection at its more advanced stage.

There is still good news. The survival rates for breast cancer have also gone up. Almost two out of every three women with breast cancer now survive the disease beyond 20 years, compared to less than half in the 1990s. While you cannot prevent cancer in most cases, you can take proactive steps about your health. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us at Breast Reconstruction Associates, your Dallas breast reconstruction experts.