Breast cancer gene tests to be made available to high-risk groups

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In India, over 150,000 women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer every year; a staggering number that has overtaken cervical cancer to become the most common cancer affecting women.

Among the surveyed women, 62 percent underwent lumpectomy to remove their tumors, 16 percent had unilateral mastectomy (8 percent with reconstruction), and 23 percent had bilateral mastectomy (19 percent with reconstruction). It's time to spread some more awareness about breast cancer and to educate people about its causes.

Breast Cancer remains the number one cancer faced by Kiwi women, and the Breast Cancer Foundation are on a mission to stop breast cancer dead in its tracks.

"We know that numerous women who are receiving (double) mastectomy do not have advanced tumors that require mastectomy even on the affected side", said lead study author Dr. Reshma Jagsi of the University of MI in Ann Arbor. The site also reports that this year "an estimated 3,820 cases of female breast cancer will be diagnosed in SC".

And for many patients missed work meant missed income.

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When women got chemotherapy, they were 30 percent more likely to miss at least a month of work than when they didn't receive these drugs, the study found. Chemotherapy was also associated with roughly four times the odds that women would stop work altogether.

After getting treatment, the cancer is now under control, the official said.

The information was used alongside other factors to predict an "overall risk estimate" for each of the women.

Talk to your doctor about what factors are increasing your risk for developing a breast cancer. "This drastically affects the survival rate and treatment options for the patients". "This study helps to quantify the impact of this decision on the employment and financial experiences of those women soon after diagnosis", said Dr. Jagsi.

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