Breast Cancer is the second most prevalent type of cancer.
It is most common in women above 40 years of age. Although men may also suffer from breast cancer but the lack of information causes many cases to go unnoticed until it is too late.
Breast cancer alone caused 519,000 deaths worldwide in 2004. Like other types of cancers however, early detection and management may help ensure a better prognosis. The American Cancer Society reports that the number of breast cancer patients still alive five years after diagnosis, has risen at least 10% between 1985 and 2000.
Treatment is based on many factors, including: the type and stage of the cancer, sensitivity to certain hormones, and whether or not the cancer overproduces a gene called HER2/neu. In general, cancer treatments may include: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal and surgery.