A few years ago, HIV/AIDS was the most dreaded disease in the United States and around the world. Although it remains to be a global pandemic, HIV has lost the battle to cancer as the most dreaded disease in the world and it is easy to see why.
Although both of the diseases are absolute nightmares, cancer is pretty much the more difficult to deal with. HIV prognosis is good with antiretroviral treatment and as long as the viral load is kept low, the patient can lead a normal live for a very long time. Cancer on the other hand, has very many local complications including tumors, metastasis, low immunity, endless chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions.
Although there has been slight progress in the fight against cancer, it is still one of the leading causes of deaths in America and it deserves all the media attention that it gets all year round. To help put into perspective how widespread and just how deadly cancer is, we have taken a look at some of the latest statics concerning breast cancer in the United States.
Breast Cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the world and its statistics in the United States, are the perfect reflection of the state of Cancer not just in the country, but in the entire world. Here are notable facts about breast cancer in the United States as provided by the National Cancer Institute;
Notable Facts about Breast Cancer in the United States
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
According to the National Cancer Institute, the current statistics show that 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed will be diagnosed with Cancer in their lifetime. This is an increase from the past numbers that we presented ten years which showed that 1 in every 14 women would be diagnosed with the dreaded breast cancer in their lifetime. This increase in cancer patients is down to the lifestyle.
More than 90% of all breast cancers occur in women above 40 years old
A lot of the reported breast cancer cases in the US are in women above 40 years and above. Actually, only 7% of all the reported cancer cases were below 38 years which goes to show the prevalence of the disease in older women. Older women are therefore encourage to go for screening as often as possible to help reduce the chances of the disease developing to dangerous levels.
Mammograms help reduce number of deaths by 30% to 50%
A simple mammogram can help reduce the chances of dying from breast cancer by 30 to 40%. This is why the government and other institutions have stepped up campaigns asking women above 30 years old to go get mammograms.
More than 40,000 women died from breast cancer in 2016
Despite the improved medical facilities and chemotherapy centers in the country, the number of women dying from cancer every year, is still very high. More than 40, 000 people succumbed to breast cancer related complications in 2016 and this marks a 5% decrease from 2013 when about 41,800 women died from cancer related complications.
Breast cancer deaths have been on the decline in the US since 1990
Thanks to sensitization programs, increased awareness, advanced research, earlier screening and better treatment options, the number of deaths from breast cancer in the US has been on the decline. The numbers are projected to decrease even further and the national goal is to get under 10,000 deaths from breast cancer by the year 2026.
Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of deaths among women
Breast cancer is only second to unintentional injury when it comes to causes of death in women aged between 18-44 years. Cancer beats the likes of heart diseases other deadly diseases and this goes to show how gruesome the disease is in the U.S and other parts of the world.
There are 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States
In the United States today, there are close to 3 million survivors of breast cancer. This is the largest group of cancer survivors and this is a pointer that if the medical options are improved even further, then we can beat this monster eventually.
The chances of a man suffering from breast cancer are about 1 in 1000
Breast cancer is no exclusive to women as there has been cases of men suffering and even succumbing to breast cancer related complications. Although the chances are very low, it is estimated that there will be 2,500 new cases of invasive breast cancer in men in the next 5 years.
As part of the combined effort to combat breast cancer, here at Bellaire Emergency Room, we offer the best imaging services and will be quick to report any suspicious symptoms regarding to breast cancer.
We always encourage our patients to get mammograms and seek early medical attention whenever they suspect something is wrong and together we believe that we can fight this menacing problem. For more information on our efforts to combat breast cancer, give us a call today or visit our offices today in Bellaire.