Breast cancer survival rates 'mean a greater need for support'

11 August 2011

Increased survival rates among breast cancer patients thanks to improved radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment means there is a greater need for pre and post-operative care, according to a leading cancer charity.

Dr Ian Lewis, associate director of research at Welsh cancer charity Tenovus, argued that the growing rate of cancer survival places twin emphasis on the need to improve support services as well as prevention and early detection procedures.

The medical practitioner said: "The survival rate for breast cancer has dramatically increased over the last 30 years, with approximately 90 per cent of women alive five years after diagnosis."

Dr Lewis added that "effective and supportive ways of looking after women once their treatment has finished" was therefore needed.

Last month, Cancer Research UK published research claiming that breast cancer risk in women is dramatically affected by weight, more so than alcohol or cigarettes, as it alters hormones conducive to breast cancer development.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

1 Endogenous Hormones and Breast Cancer Collaborative Group, "Circulating sex hormones and breast cancer risk factors in postmenopausal women: reanalysis of 13 studies". British Journal of Cancer. Wednesday July 20th 2011.

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