Invasive breast cancer will affect one in eight women in the United States during their lifetime. Many women, and men, may believe that if they don't have a family history of breast cancer, then they're not at risk of developing the disease. However, this is a common myth: About 90 percent of patients diagnosed with the disease have no family history of breast cancer.
But the good news is that breast cancer detected in the early stages can be very effectively treated. Additionally, breast-cancer death rates have been falling over the past 25 years as a result of increased awareness, improvements in treatments and earlier detection.
During a recent Stanford Health Library talk, captured in the above video, breast-cancer specialists discussed the latest advancements in genetic testing, diagnostic imaging, reconstructive surgery and treatments and adjunct therapies to surgery.
Previously: Don't hide from breast cancer – facing it early is key, Despite genetic advances, detection still key in breast cancer and Ask Stanford Med: Radiologist responds to your questions about breast cancer screening