Breast reconstruction has reduced cancer anxiety for decades

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Knowing that breast reconstruction is an option has helped women overcome anxiety about breast cancer for decades, as an article in a 1978 issue of the Deseret News illustrates.

The piece states that at that year's meeting of the American Cancer Society, researchers announced the results of a survey conducted among more than 1,500 U.S. adults.

While most Americans underestimated the incidence of breast, lung and other cancers, both men and women reported going for regular checkups that included cancer tests, the newspaper said.

The survey, which was conducted by Lieberman Research, also found that more than half of female respondents felt that being aware of their breast reconstruction options made them less anxious about the idea of getting breast cancer.

The news source also noted that at the then current rate, cancer would one day be diagnosed in one in every four Americans over their lifetime, a prediction which has since come to pass.

Breast carcinomas are far and away the most common form of cancer among women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 120 women in every 100,000 are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Compare that to the second most common tumor found in women, lung cancer, which is diagnosed in just 55 in every 100,000 U.S. women.

Breast reconstruction changes cancer attitudes. Deseret News. Nov 9, 1978. A19.,2809004&dq=breast+reconstruction&hl=en Accessed May 25, 2011.

2007 Top Ten Cancers. United States Cancer Statistics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed May 25, 2011.

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