In recent decades, breast cancer research has made groundbreaking progress: Breast cancer can now be detected ever earlier, and treated in a much more targeted way. As a result, this cancer has lost much of its former power to threaten – though it is still a serious opponent. Here is an overview of the fascinating history of breast cancer research, ranging from the ancient belief in the four humors, to a modern, tailored oncological approach.
For women in the US and Europe, the absolute risk of developing breast cancer is about 13%. In fact, 1 in 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Yet, the individual likelihood of developing breast cancer varies from woman to woman. Research has discovered numerous risk factors – some of which can be influenced, while others can’t. Here’s an overview of the current state of research – and the consequences for early breast cancer detection.
After confirming a breast cancer diagnosis, doctors face more major challenges: It’s an emotionally stressful situation, and patients need to be treated with sensitivity while being fully informed of what’s to come. As a team, doctors must develop a treatment plan according to medical guidelines. Any mistakes in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can have grave medical – and legal – consequences.