Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Treatment Options
In the United States, breast cancer accounts for the newest cancer cases in women. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women. One hundred seventy breast cancer deaths are expected in New Hampshire this year alone. The average woman has a 12 percent chance of developing breast cancer over her lifetime.
Improvement in breast cancer screening has led to diagnosis of breast cancer at earlier stages. Advances in cancer treatment have also led to improved survival with fewer treatment side effects. The five-year survival rate for patients diagnosed with a stage I or II breast cancer is 90% or greater.
Surgeon Sharon Gunsher, MD of Concord Surgical Associates and Katherine Cail APRN, MSN of Concord Hospital Breast Care Center explain the risk factors and treatment options in an article published by the Concord Monitor.