October is celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness month across several countries to raise awareness about the disease. This is important because early detection of the disease and treatment can save many lives.
According to IARC Globocan, 2008, there are about 1.38 million new cases of breast cancers, and around 458,000 causalities every year.
According to experts, breast cancer is by far the most common form of cancer in the world – both in developing as well as in developed nations. Currently, there is no sufficient information about the causes.
This is why it is important to detect it at the earliest. If detected in the early stage, there are chances of curing breast cancer with good treatment and care. If detected in an advanced stage, curative treatment is often no longer an option.
There are several other things related to the disease that common people want to know about. According to Dr. Bhawna Sirohi – Medical Oncologist at Apollo Proton Cancer Centre – many young women, after being diagnosed with breast cancer – want to know whether they will survive the disease?
Dr. Sirohi said that there are certain things and factors that we take into consideration before being in a position to accurately tell what your chances of survival are.
Watch Dr. Bhawna Sirohi’s Video To Find Answers to many more such questions:
There are also several myths surrounding the disease. This is because unless someone suffers from the disease or living close to someone who does, it might be very difficult for them to separate myth from fact.
One of the most common myths is that breast cancer is an inherited disease. But the fact is that only 5-10 per cent of the disease is believed to be hereditary. The other myth is that breast cancer can only happen in older women.
Watch Dr. Bhawna Sirohi’s Video To Find Answers to many more such myths: