US Women Looking at Sharp Increase

The number of breast cancers that American women will suffer is predicted to rise 50% in the next 15 years, according to researchers from the US National Cancer Institute.

Already, breast cancers are the most common form in the US, with 283,000 diagnosed cases in 2011—a number set to rise to about 441,000 in 2030, according to Philip Rosenberg, a senior investigator in the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the National Cancer Institute.

Rosenberg points to the aging population; increased life expectancy (allowing more women to develop breast cancer at some time in their lives); and an increase in the number of tumors receptive to the hormone estrogen—possibly the result of changes in lifestyles—as factors in the prediction.
Washington Post

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