New Survey Shows 13% Women Fear Breast Cancer Most
Cancer Research UK has revealed the results of a recent survey which states that “people fear cancer more than any other serious illness”. In this survey of more than 2000 people, cancer came out on top as the most feared disease above such illnesses as heart disease and Alzheimer’s. The women questioned said that their fear of suffering from breast cancer came second only to brain cancer, with 13% of women surveyed putting breast cancer at the top of their most feared list.
Breast cancer survival statistics are high though and Cancer Research UK’s director of cancer information, Dr Lesley Walker, said that latest figures show that “80% of women now survive their breast cancer for five or years or more.” However, even though the breast cancer survival statistics are positive, this cancer is still a huge worry for many women. Breast cancer is a very emotive illness for women as it can result in patients needing to have breast cancer surgery as part of their treatment which can involve having a full or part mastectomy. Having to have breasts removed can have devastating emotional effects on women and can impact on their self-esteem.
Women usually have to have a mastectomy when a lump is large (particularly in a small breast), or more than one area of the breast is affected with cancer or the patient has large area of pre-cancerous ductal cancer in situ. However, a woman’s individual circumstances and the stage of the cancer will depend on the treatment given. Reconstructive cosmetic surgery means that the breast can be rebuilt after having a mastectomy or during the same operation in some cases. Reconstructive surgery can give women who are worried about breast cancer or who are suffering from the disease the hope that their bodies can return to normal after having successful cancer treatment.
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