How often is breast cancer?
How often is breast cancer? Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in all countries of the industrialized world. Since the 1980s, the number of cases has doubled. Approximately 70,000 times a year, doctors currently diagnose “breast cancer” in a woman, more than 17,000 women die each year. In addition, 6,500 in-situ carcinomas (pre-treatment of breast cancer) occur every year.
Men can also develop breast cancer, but very rarely: about 115 disorders in women come with one man. In the diagnosis is made about 600 times a year. Thus, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Even if the most common, breast cancer is usually not the most dangerous cancer in women. Recognized and treated in time, most diseases are curable
The number of deaths has been decreasing for several years, despite the fact that the number of new cases has increased. Today, carcinoma of the breast can be treated more successfully than before – with more targeted and often less stressful methods. More and more women who develop breast cancer do not die from it. Five years after the diagnosis, approximately 87 percent of the patients are still alive. The healing rate has risen over the last 10 years through improved early detection, new therapeutic concepts (operative, radiation therapy and medication) and interdisciplinary care in the certified centers.
Currently, one out of eight women in the course of their lives are suffering from breast cancer. The risk increases with age. Younger women are rarely affected, but the risk increases only from the age of 40 and especially from the age of 50 onwards, in order to drop again from the age of about 70 years. The median age of the disease for breast cancer is some 64 years below the average of all cancer cases, with one in four affected less than 55 years and one in ten years younger than 45 years.