Breast Cancer Stages and Survival Rates

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Breast cancer is a very common type of cancer in women. If you want to know more about this disease, keep reading this article. Throughout the article, we will discuss different statistics on breast cancer, as well as the different stages and survival rates of this disease.

As noted earlier, breast cancer is extremely prevalent in women. It is the second most common disease among American women (second leading cause of skin cancer). Statistics suggest that 1 in 12 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Men can also develop this disease, but the statistics are much smaller.

According to the American Cancer Society, if a woman is diagnosed with this disease, there is a 3% chance that she will be fatal, resulting in death. Since 1990, the number of women who died from this disease has decreased, mainly due to increased awareness and screening. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this dreaded disease, do not lose hope. There are currently only 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

There are several stages of this type of cancer. The different stages of breast cancer depend on 4 factors; the size of the tumor, its type (invasive or non-invasive), whether or not it has lymph nodes and whether the disease has spread to other parts of the body or not. Let's take a look at the different stages of breast cancer.

The first stage, considered stage 0, describes non-invasive breast cancers. At this point, all cancer cells remain in the breast and do not invade neighboring tissues. Stage 1, on the other hand, describes invasive breast cancer. Invasive cancer means that cancer cells break off from the breast and move to nearby tissues. In stage 1, the tumor measures up to 2 cm long and no lymph node is involved.

Stage II if the disease is divided into 2 categories; IIA and IIB. Both stages involve invasive cancers. A stage IIA breast cancer is diagnosed in a person when no tumor is found in the breast but cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes, when a tumor in the breast (measuring up to To 2 cm) has spread to the lymph nodes or when the breast tumor is between 2 and 5 cm but has not spread to the lymph nodes. Stage IIB is diagnosed when the tumor is between 1 and 5 cm in size and has spread to the lymph nodes or when the tumor is more than 5 cm in size and has not spread to the lymph nodes.

Stage III of this disease is also divided into subcategories (IIIA, IIIB and IIIC). Stage IIIA cancer is diagnosed when the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and they are clumping together. Stage IIIB is diagnosed when the tumor has spread to the chest wall or breast skin. Finally, stage IIIC is diagnosed when the tumor has spread to the chest wall or to the breast and lymph nodes. The final stage of breast cancer, stave IV, occurs when the cancer has spread to other organs of the body.

This dreaded cancer is a common type of cancer in women, but with a healthy diet and exercise, you can help fight this disease. Be sure to check regularly with your health care professional to make sure you do not have breast cancer! Do not forget that it's better to be safe than sorry!


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