Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Dr. Otis Brawley talked about the latest breast cancer research developments.

He says the American Cancer Society is working tirelessly to find ways to beat breast cancer and thanks to improved treatment and early detection, more and more women are surviving the disease. 

Dr. Brawley says breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States behind skin cancer and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

He says death rates from breast cancer among women have went down 36% from 1989 to 2012.

An estimated 40,890 breast cancer deaths (40,450 women, 440 men) are expected in 2016.

Invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in about 246,660 women and 2,600 men in 2016.

 He also says the Society’s internal research team is also:

Analyzing data on an ongoing basis from Cancer Prevention Study II (CPS-II), which the Society began in 1982, to investigate linkages between lifestyle and breast cancer.
For example, using data from CPS-II, American Cancer Society epidemiologists found that women who walk at least 7 hours per week lower their risk of developing breast cancer after menopause.
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And, data from CPS-II led Senior Epidemiologist Lauren Teras, PhD, to discover that losing 10 or more pounds and keeping it off for at least 5 years might reduce breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women.
Conducting a new multi-year cancer prevention study, CPS-3, to better understand ways to prevent cancer, including breast cancer. 

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