Breast cancer awareness month is October. In this month oncologists are forcing on the important on screening for breast cancer. They also force to assure to address that this deadly disease recurrence within the first five years of diagnosis and treatment. There are 25 to 30 percent cases are seen the relapse of this disease in first two years. That’s why it’s very important requirement in this diseases to be addressed. There are so many patients, who doesn’t complete the full treatment and also some tumors have major characteristics of recurrence and it require to come for follow up on regular basis.
Breast cancer relapse and subsequent survival rate depends on the stage and condition of cancer by pathology features and biological characteristics of cancer. Survival rate also depends on the patient’s age, ethnicity and socio-economic background. Every patient suffers from the risk of relapse of breast cancer. How adequate is recurrence, is totally dependents on size and grade of the tumor, number of nodes involved and definitely hormonal status. If there is big size of tumor then definitely there will more number of nodes involved and of course it creates the great chance of the relapse of breast cancer. A consultant surgical oncologist at Apollo Cancer Hospital, Dr. T.P.S Bhandari says, more than 80% of patients suffer from the relapse of breast cancer in the first two years of treatment. Beyond five years, late recurrence are very rare. If patient is conducting proper surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation, that relapse chances reduces less than 2 percent. Relapse mostly occurs in the body part of liver, lungs and bones. Some patients show aggressive form this deadly disease and study shows that, this aggressiveness depends on the genetic factors.
What are The Causes For Breast Cancer?
There is a significant shift in average age of women who get this disease. A recent data shows that there are more and younger women between the age group of 40 to 50 are suffering from this deadly disease breast cancer. This disease is more common in urban area than rural. A medical oncologist at American Oncology Institute, Dr. Naidu N. Bethune says late diagnosis and improper diagnosis are also responsible for aggressive relapse. Here are around 6 to 8 percent of cases dependent on genetic or hereditary causes. The main causes of rising of breast cancer patients are obesity, late marriages, use of hormones and also excessive use of contraceptive pills. Dr. Bethune added, food and food products are also considered as a factor to increase the number of breast cancer patients but it has not been verified by scientists.
What are the signs of breast cancer?
- Lump in the breast
- Shape change of breast
- Skin changes
- Nipple changes
- A lump in the armpit
However in order to avoid aggressive recurrence, screening at early stage of being stressed. Early treatment of cancer is the cure because early diagnosis and treatment can give high cure rate of breast cancer. So, screening at early stage is very important so that the diseases should be picked up early and cured. Advanced stages are associated with high relapse rates despite comprehensive treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends women with average risk of this deadly disease mammography starting at the age of 45 should go for regular screening. Women with age group of 45 to 54 should go for screening annually and women above 55 years should go for biennial screening or have the opportunity to continue screening annually.