Your Healthy Family: Breast cancer awareness is growing

8:53 AM, Oct 19, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS – As part of breast cancer awareness month it’s important to remember the breast cancer community includes more than just patients and survivors, it also includes the doctors who treat them.

Dr. Steven Mamus is a nationally-renowned medical oncologist with more than two decades of expertise in the treatment of cancer and blood related disorders.

Dr. Mamus says breast cancer is a relatively common diagnosis these days, and one where they now see a lot of success.  “The cure rates for breast cancer found very very early, could be greater than 90% potentially.”

Dr. Mamus says one of the biggest advancements has been a change in the way Americans see breast cancer.  “The awareness and the willingness to diagnose something early on, and specifically to be screened for breast cancer.”

Dr. Mamus also feels part of that willingness to be screened comes from less fear of facing the disease.  “I think in year’s past there may have been a feeling that, well if I am diagnosed with breast cancer what are we really going to do about it?  I think it’s becoming much and more accepted at this point that early screening patients, who have intervention early can do well, and live normal lives.”

Advancements in diagnostic technology are helping doctors find breast cancer earlier, and Dr. Mamus says doctors have more medical and surgical options to treat those who are diagnosed.

“There’s been a number of new developments with regards to chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy.  Sometimes we use this thing called targeted therapy, and these have all lead to incremental improvements in the outcome in breast cancer treatment.”

Doctors recommend women age 40 to 45 or older and who are at average risk for breast cancer, have a mammogram once a year.  To keep these trends going, make sure you and your loved ones are following that advice.

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