Breast #cancer is the most common invasive cancer in #women, and the second main cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
Advances in screening and #treatment have improved survival rates dramatically since 1989. There are around 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the #United_States (U.S.). The chance of any woman dying from breast cancer is around 1 in 37, or 2.7 percent.
In 2017, around 252, 710 new diagnoses of breast cancer are expected in women, and around 40,610 women are likely to die from the #disease.
Awareness of the #symptoms and the need for screening are important ways of reducing the risk.
Breast cancer can affect men too, but this article will #focus on breast cancer in women.
Here are some key points about breast cancer. More detail is in the main article.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women.
Symptoms include a #lump or thickening of the breast, and changes to the skin or the nipple.
Risk factors can be genetic, but some lifestyle #factors, such as alcohol intake, make it more likely to happen.
A range of treatments is available, including surgery, radiation #therapy, and chemotherapy.
Many breast lumps are not #cancerous, but any woman who is concerned about a lump or change should see a #doctor.
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