Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. In today’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Erin Fleener tells us about the many advancements in treatments.
Just over 200,000 women a year in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. The good news about breast cancer is that it’s curable, most of the time. All commerce to the office, probably about 85% of breast cancer patients end up being survivors of breast cancer. So this is becoming more of a chronic illness.
We have had a lot of advances in breast cancer over the last several years. And women are really living with this disease for long periods of time. We have come so far with research and with treatment options that with surgery and radiation and chemotherapy and systemic treatments, we’re really able to do well for most women that are diagnosed these days.
The very best screening method for breast cancer is mammograms. We still recommend yearly mammograms for all women over the age of 40. There are certain instances that we recommend mammograms starting at a younger age and there are certain instances that women also benefit from breast MRI, but this is not a blanket recommendation by anyone. It is just certain, specific patients that we utilize these other screening regimens with.
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