Breast Cancer Myths & Trends
Page 1 of 2Myth #1: Breast cancer is one disease.
There are many forms of breast cancer based in part on genetic characteristics, and each form of breast cancer has a different prognosis. Tumor testing can help determine the appropriate medicine and timing of treatment needed to treat the disease most effectively.
Myth #2: Breast cancer can only be treated with traditional chemotherapy and surgery.Treatment options have evolved significantly. The FDA approval of Herceptin in 1998 ushered in a new era of personalized medicine. And, within the past two years the FDA approved two new targeted medicines (Kadcyla and Perjeta) that help treat a certain type of aggressive breast cancer called HER2-positive.
Myth #3: Only older women are diagnosed with breast cancer.
While the majority of new breast cancer cases occur in women over the age of 40, the disease can also affect younger people. Last year, a new study found cases of advanced breast cancer are increasing among women ages 25-39. It’s important for younger women to be aware of their health and risk factors, which vary by individual.