For October Rose, all Universal Medica Group employees have mobilised in the fight against breast cancer. Every year, nearly 58,000 cases and 12,000 deaths are reported in France (1). If detected at an early stage, breast cancer can be cured in 90% of cases (2). This is why, throughout this month, our teams have been campaigning to send out messages to raise awareness about screening.
Find the articles written by our Health experts on the website :
– 4 simple steps to master breast self-examination: to be carried out every month in order to know your breasts well and to detect any abnormality and report it to your doctor.
– Vitamins in the face of breast cancer: Studies are conclusive, diet could play a role in preventing cancer.
In the field of medical research against breast cancer, progress and advances are constant, both in terms of treatment and screening.
Progress in imaging:
Current examination techniques (mammography possibly coupled with ultrasound) are very reliable, however, in some cases diagnosis can be difficult. This is improved thanks to the Mammotome, which makes it possible to take large breast biopsies more easily and accurately. New techniques are currently being evaluated, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which could also improve diagnosis.
Progress in genetic testing:
Currently, there is no test that can predict a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. However, research is being carried out in this area. For particular familial forms, two genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2) have been identified as being associated with a high risk of breast cancer. This progress would make it possible to offer genetic screening to women with a family history and appropriate treatment.
Don’t take any risks, get tested! Together, let’s fight breast cancer.