Rates of Certain Cancer Diagnosis on the Rise

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(ConservativeHub.com) – As reported by The Hill, the American Cancer Society says the number one cause of cancer deaths in women between ages 20 and 49 is breast cancer, and the number of people getting diagnosed is rising.

In March, Tammy Moyle, a 45-year-old mother of three went in for her annual mammogram which came back fine. However, according to The Hill, only a few months later, she found a small lump in her breast which was diagnosed as an invasive lobular carcinoma. 

As this aggressive type of breast cancer was discovered at an early stage, the doctor informed her that there was a 96 percent cure rate, which would require a 12-week treatment of chemotherapy and a drug infusion of Herceptin for nine months. Moyle said that while it is a dire situation whenever someone gets cancer, the current medical advancements are making them hopeful that she is going to have a positive outcome after treatment. 

This is a sentiment shared by many of the people who are fighting similar forms of cancer. While the rates of this kind of cancer have increased, especially for younger women, it is still most common in middle-aged and older women. The years of diagnostics and treatments have also meant that a greater number of patients are being treated and surviving post-treatment. 

According to The Hill, patients who get diagnosed early have a number of options, including custom screening recommendations, immunotherapy treatments, and rapid drug development, which can make a huge difference. The American Cancer Society indicated that a number of factors may be impacting the increase in diagnoses, including lower rates of screening, obesity, and the decision to have fewer babies later in life. However, it’s notable that there have been increases in other types of cancer over the year as well.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York breast oncologist Elizabeth Comen has stated that there is an increase in the types of treatments and personalization that are available to patients. 

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