Breast cancer mortality for the U.S. population as a whole has declined less that might have been expected over the last twenty years given the emphasis on screening, but looking deeper reveals an even more disturbing story.
Breast cancer screening has become widespread, but misperceptions about the disease are also common. True awareness, the kind that will lead to action to save lives, needs to start with facts like these.
Today, just like twenty years ago, we continue to hear about promising new research but we still know little about the causes of breast cancer, and mortality from the disease remains high.
A major study on breast cancer screening was published recently in the journal of the American Medical Association.
Top cancer research stories for Winter 2014 include studies on mammography, risk reduction for carriers of BRCA gene mutations and radiation therapy for early stage breast cancer.
In the last twenty years, there have been some advances in breast cancer treatment and many more women are screened each year, but these advances have not brought about transformational change in the way breast cancer is treated or in mortality from the disease.