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Breast cancer is still the most common carcinoma among women

Friday, November 11, 2011

Why are so many American women getting breast reconstructions each year? Besides the increased affordability of such operations and the greater number of surgery types available to women, there remains the simple reason that breast cancer is quite common.

In fact, carcinomas of the breast are the most common form of cancer among women, and the second-most common type of tumor among all Americans.

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), more than 230,000 women have been or will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. The American Cancer Society (ACS) concurs, adding that doctors have discovered in situ tumors another 57,000 or so patients.

Unlike invasive breast cancer, in situ growths are found solely in the breast ducts or lobules and do not spread. The ACS states that this characteristic makes it unclear whether or not such tumors should be considered cancerous. The organization adds that, at the very least, in situ tumors increase the risk of invasive breast cancer.

Among all people, the risk of ever being diagnosed with breast cancer is relatively high. The NCI puts the lifetime figure at one in eight women.

The incidence of the disease is rising. Between 2005 and 2011, the ACS documented a 9 percent increase in the total number of breast cancer diagnoses.

It is little wonder, then, that the number of breast reconstructions is also growing. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that each year, a total of 93,000 women get one or both breasts reconstructed following mastectomy.

These ladies are part of a growing group of cancer survivors, many of whom support one another through charities, outreach programs and volunteering. The NCI states that more than 2 million American women are breast cancer survivors.

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