When people learn I am a breast surgeon, it seems they always have had a personal experience with this disease — a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or sometimes themselves. It’s no wonder that Breast Cancer Awareness Month receives the national attention that it does.
According to the 2010 American Cancer Society data, breast cancer remains the No. 1 cancer diagnosis in women with an estimated 232,670 cases predicted for this year. It is the No. 2 cause of cancer death in women behind lung cancer.