Dec 17, 2010

Breast Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

About 1 in 8 women in the United States (between 12 and 13%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

In 2010, an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 54,010 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 20-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of breast cancer.

About 70-80% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.

The numbers of deaths from breast cancer has dropped in the last decade (percent basis).

An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease.

One in eight people age 65 and older have Alzheimer's disease (13 percent).

If you are a woman and you reach the age of 65 the odds worsen. About 20 percent of these women will suffer from some form of dementia (mostly Alzheimer's disease, 17.2 percent).

By 2030, the number of Americans 65 years and older is expected to double to about 71 million.

If you are 60 years of age or older you should probably be making a plan about what you are going to do if you end up suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Or, you can put your head in the sand and just hope for the best. You better start praying that you have a good ONE in your family.

Many caregivers tell me they don't want to put the burden on their family. They would rather be put in some kind of Alzheimer's care facility.

Are you sure about that?

Do you think that every American 65 years of age or older should be subject to an annual memory test?

Do you think you would be better off if you were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease sooner rather than later?

Or, would you prefer to be diagnosed after you became mean, scared, disoriented or lost?

Alzheimer's Disease -- Help and Infomation

Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 4,600 articles with more than 349,100 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.
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