Doherty’s teaching moment
- 49-year-old actress Shannen Doherty is battling stage four breast cancer.
- She shared all important statistics about the disease with her followers.
- Doherty’s twofold battle with cancer (first diagnosed in 2015 and then going into remission) is inspiring to many.
Shannen Doherty says it as it is! The Hollywood rebel, in her own battle with breast cancer, reminds us of some of the grim statistics associated with the disease. Knowing (and understanding) the enemy is half the battle.
Doherty, 49, is battling a second attack of breast cancer. The actress was first diagnosed with the disease in 2015. Earlier this year, she announced that her cancer had returned and this time it had spread. Doherty has stage four breast cancer.
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It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Doherty is doing her part to educate people about the disease. She went on Instagram to share statistics about the disease that every woman should know about. In a beautiful, sunlit photo, the stunning actress spoke about the widespread nature of this disease. She wrote, “Breast cancer is the second most common cancer (after skin cancer) in American women. In the United States, around one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their lives. A man’s lifelong risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 883.
• In 2020, there is an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women in the US and an estimated 2,620 new cases of invasive breast cancer in men.
• As of January 2020, there are more than 3.5 million women with a history of breast cancer in the US
• The breast cancer death rate is the second highest (after lung cancer) of all cancer-related deaths in women in the United States. #Breastcancerawareness ”
Doherty’s transparency in fighting her disease and boldness in action – things like wearing a scarf on the red carpet versus a wig – have likely been a source of comfort and solidarity for others battling breast cancer.
Breast cancer statistics
As Doherty wrote, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States, after skin cancer. The ACS notes that breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women after lung cancer.
According to the ACS, the average risk that a woman will develop breast cancer at some point in her life in the United States is 13%. As Doherty said, there is an eight-eight chance that a woman will develop breast cancer.
In addition to prevalence, other breast cancer statistics are particularly noteworthy – most notably the difference in mortality rates between black and non-black women suffering from the disease. Black women have much higher death rates when it comes to breast cancer and other cancers.
The breast cancer surgeon explicitly sets out ways in which we can close the gap in terms of racial disparity: “Access to care is the key!”
Doherty has shared how cancer made her take stock of her life, and she was open and vocal to fans during her second cancer trip, just as she was during her first. In metastatic breast cancer, doctors focus on shrinking tumors and ensuring a good quality of life for the patient. There is currently no cure for metastatic breast cancer. But there is hope.
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With voices like Dohertys adding to the plight of this disease, and with more immunotherapeutic treatments and research hopefully ongoing, hopefully better days are ahead for those diagnosed with breast cancer. We are grateful to Doherty for further raising awareness of this disease.
How one woman survived mestastatic breast cancer
An amazing woman, Judy Perkins, managed to beat metastatic breast cancer. Perkins was the first known person to conquer this disease with immunotherapeutic treatments. She has been labeled an “exceptional responder” based on how well she received immunotherapy. Perkins is a source of hope for those battling stage four breast cancer.
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