Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. Of those diagnosed, half are over age 60. Yet, the research community is only now turning its attention to breast cancer in older women. In particular, researchers want to know the best ways to detect and treat breast cancer in elderly individuals. Although scientists are interested in age-related differences that may affect the biology of tumor development-we know, for example, that breast cancer incidence keeps going up until about age 80, then levels off, and begins to decline after age 85-they are also interested in cultural factors that affect detection and treatment.

While a diagnosis of cancer is never welcome, the future for breast cancer patients is brighter than it's ever been. Thanks to new treatments and early detection, there are now more than two and a half million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Although slightly fewer than one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some time during her life, her chance of dying of the disease is only one in 35.

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Reviewer: Arti Hurria, MD, Director, Cancer and Aging Research Program, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Geriatric Oncology, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center