These numbers illustrate the importance of early detection and screening for the best outcomes. Conducting regular self breast exams and following other screening guidelines for detecting early stage breast cancer are critically important. The American Cancer Society recommends that women receive an annual mammogram beginning at age 40 and are screened regularly. Early detection by mammography also leads to a greater range of treatment options, including less-extensive surgery, the use of chemotherapy with fewer side effects, or even possibly the option to forgo chemotherapy.
These numbers also illustrate the importance of clinical research. Participation in clinical trials provides essential information about the effectiveness and risks of a new treatment. And for breast cancer – like so many other diseases – continued research to discover new and more effective treatments could someday save lives, or even lead to a cure.
You can find the full 2013-2014 Breast Cancer Facts and Figures report here. If you would like to learn more about clinical trials for breast cancer, you can visit www.clinicaltrials.gov or the American Cancer Society Clinical Trials Matching Service. To learn more about currently enrolling trials at PMG Research, visit us here.
1 American Cancer Society. 2013-2014 Breast Cancer Facts and Figures.