Breast Cancer
Monday, October 12, 2009

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. If it hasn't already, breast cancer will likely touch you or someone you know. Dr. Edward Hill begans a four-part look at breast cancer in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women and is the most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.

The disease strikes about 200,000 Americans each year and accounts for 40,000 deaths. Every woman is at risk for breast cancer, and that risk increases with age. Seventy percent of those diagnosed have no risk factors and 85 percent have no family history of breast cancer.

Public support for breast cancer awareness and research funding has helped improve the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer survival rates have increased and the number of deaths has been declining, thanks to earlier detection, new treatments and a better understanding of the disease.

When breast cancer is found early and confined to the breast, 95 percent of women will be alive five years later and most women diagnosed will survive more than 10 years.

Breast cancer is not unique to women. One out of every 100 breast cancers occurs in men. So men also need to learn early detection methods.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.