Breast cancer affects about 1 in 8 US women, and is 100 times less common among men. Environmental exposure to carcinogens such as radiation, pesticides, cigarette smoke, plastics, endocrine disruptors, the use of birth control pills and synthetic hormone replacement therapy, lack of exercise and obesity have been recognized as possible contributory factors to an increased risk of breast cancer.
After receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, you will be anxious to learn about the various treatments. The overall recovery plan will depend on several factors including the stage and size of the tumor. The hormone receptor status and genomic markers are also relevant. Your age, medical history, and general health are important factors to consider in terms of treatment and prognosis of breast cancer.
Whether you have a small, but fast-growing tumor or a large one that is slow to grow, you still will want to seek personalized recommendations. You can consult with a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, oncology nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, and counselors about your various treatments for breast cancer.