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Hormone — Dependent Breast Cancer

Breast cancer knows no boundaries of race, age or class!

Breast cancer is, worldwide, the second most common type of cancer!

Breast cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death!

 

Hormone Breast Cancer Therapies

The most effective treatments for breast cancer are multidisciplinary, involving surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists. Hormone-dependent breast cancer can be treated with hormone therapy medicine. Aromatase inhibitors work by inhibiting the action of the enzyme aromatase, which converts androgens into estrogens by a process called aromatization. As breast tissue is stimulated by estrogens, decreasing the production is a way of suppressing recurrence of the breast-tumor tissue.

Adapting and modifying emerging oncology treatments represents the future of cancer-fighting therapies. This includes earlier detection and increasingly sophisticated means of administering more targeted treatments.

The risk factor of developing breast cancer is much more common in women than in men. According to the Breast Cancer Society, there have been reported  approximately 190,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 60,000 cases of non-invasive breast cancer in American women in 2012. Risk factors include age, family history and genetics. Other factors have been linked to breast cancer - smoking, being overweight, lack of exercise and alcohol consumption. Some of these factors are interrelated and choosing a healthy lifestyle can minimize the risk.