Breast Cancer Treatment Intensity May Predict Likelihood of Leaving Employment

"It is a huge milestone and will significantly improve the lives of Australians, offering more choice via access to affordable screening and treatment options", Dr Caramins said.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Red Cross is encouraging donors to come out and donate blood.

As Breast Cancer Care - the first United Kingdom charity to adopt the symbol - notes, 25 years ago, breast cancer was a taboo topic and rarely talked about openly.

There are biological differences between the kinds of breast cancer that women of different races tend to get. In fact, one in eight will be diagnosed before the age of 80.

The American Cancer Society said in a new report that as of 2015, white women have a 39% greater chance of surviving breast cancer than black women. Compared with lumpectomy, patients who underwent bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction were more than 3 times as likely to leave employment (OR, 3.1).

The public became much more aware of BRCA gene test when U.S. actor Angelina Jolie announced she had the mutation and had a double mastectomy. Angelina's story sparked interest in the test, which once cost Australian's $2000 before being reduced to $600.

The study noted that while deaths from breast cancer declined overall by almost 40% between 1989 and 2015, the racial disparity that first presented itself in the early 1980s has widened.

"Years ago, men were afraid when a woman got breast cancer, and they couldn't cope with it; but now that they're being educated about the cancers, they are sticking around and being extremely supportive", she said.

'This is certainly the case if they already have breast cancer, however if they don't have breast cancer, they will have access to monitoring and the possibility to take preventative measures such as a prophylactic mastectomy'.

Assessing your risks and if genetic testing will be helpful for you is something to discuss with your GP.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. It's the second leading cause of cancer death among women, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Vanessa Coleman

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