Breast cancer patients are having their breast growth accelerated at the most rapid rate in 20 years, according to a report from the National Institute of Health (NIH).
In the US, there were 7,823 new cases of breast cancer in 2017, up by more than 1,000 from 2016.
That’s a growth rate of more than 2.5%.
NED says it is now estimating that there are around 13.7 million breast cancer cases in the US.
The report also says the rate of new cases is now rising fast, with new diagnoses in the past three years up nearly 5%.
But that’s only because more people have cancer.
And even if it’s only slightly higher than what it was 20 years ago, that’s still a significant rise.
That is because new cancer cases have been rising steadily for decades.
“The number of new breast cancer diagnoses in 2017 was about 40 times higher than it was in 2010,” said NED Director Dr Sarah E. Lohman.
“We’re still way ahead of our targets, but it’s clear that the pace is increasing.”
The report says that in the United States, about 1.3 million new cases were diagnosed each year between 1990 and 2017, and that this is increasing even faster.
That rate has continued to climb since the late 1990s, rising to 3.6 million new breast cancers diagnosed each day.
LOHMAN says that as the number of breast cancers increases, so do the costs.
Breast cancer treatments are also often out-of-pocket costs.
“That’s something we’re still trying to understand,” LOHMA said.
“What happens when they get in the hands of patients?
What are the costs that are borne by patients, and the health care system as a whole?”
“The fact that they’re out of pocket costs has grown in real terms over the past decade, and it’s just continuing to do so,” said Dr. Mark A. Warshaw, a cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
“If we’re getting more cases, we’re going to need more care, and we’re likely to have to pay for it ourselves.”
And, according with LOHAMA, breast cancer patients may be more likely to need costly surgeries to treat their cancers.
The average cost of breast surgery in the U.S. is about $100,000, according the US Breast Cancer Coalition.
Washing machines, mammograms, and X-rays are all expensive.
And when cancer treatment is not covered by insurance, breast implants are often unaffordable.
And, most of the time, there are no cost-effective treatments available to treat cancer.
The study also found that new cancer treatments, even those that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), often have a steep upfront cost, as they require the use of expensive equipment.
“Some of the new cancer drugs that are being developed and approved have a very high upfront cost,” said LOHM, adding that the cost of the drug itself is typically not disclosed.
“And if you get a lot of cancer treatment, and there’s a good chance that you’ll never have any recurrence or recurrence-free, you don’t have that upfront cost.”
And even for treatments that are not covered in insurance, some treatments are expensive for some patients.
LOTHERS AND GAY PEOPLE In some cases, breast-cancer patients are choosing not to go through the usual mammograms and tests to find out if they have breast cancer.
“There are some cases where the patient may be not having that surgery, or may be doing a very conservative examination of their breasts, or is being very cautious with their medication,” said Warshaws.
“So it’s very important that they have a lot more care and that they understand that their options are limited.”
The study says the US is one of the only countries that has no gender-specific exclusion criteria for mammograms or screening tests, meaning that women who have breast disease do not need to get a mammogram or any other tests.
In addition, NED said that the federal government has made a big push to make gender-based discrimination a thing of the past.
And LOHAM says that the US has made progress.
But more needs to be done.
“Our biggest challenge is to make sure that there is more information and awareness about the risks of these treatments,” she said.
Lothall said that for many people, cancer treatment can be a very costly decision.
“You don’t always know if you’re going through the right process.
And for those who are very poor, you’re not always sure whether you have enough money to go to an expensive hospital.
And you’re sometimes not sure what’s going on with the treatment,” she added.
“When you’re struggling with cancer, there’s not enough time to think about it.”