The worldwide breast cancer awareness and research funding has helped created advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer survival rates have increased, and the number of deaths associated with this disease is steadily declining, largely due to factors such as earlier detection, a new personalised approach to treatment and a better understanding of the disease.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of the cells lining the breast lobules or ducts. These cells grow uncontrollably and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body. Both women and men can develop breast cancer, although breast cancer is rare in men. There are several types of breast cancer.
Non-invasive breast cancer
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) – Abnormal cells are contained within the ducts of the breast. Having DCIS can increase the risk of developing invasive breast cancer.
Invasive breast cancer
Early breast cancer – The cancer has spread from the breast ducts or lobules into surrounding breast tissue. It may also have spread to lymph nodes in the armpit. Most breast cancers are found when they are invasive. The most common types of early breast cancer are invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) and invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC). IDC accounts for about 80% of breast cancers, and ILC makes up about 10% of breast cancer cases.
Other types – Other types of invasive breast cancer include locally advanced breast cancer, secondary breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer and Paget’s disease of the nipple.
Breast Cancer Treatment
Treatment for early breast cancer aims to remove the cancer and reduce the risk of the cancer spreading or coming back.
Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted therapy and hormone (endocrine) therapy. Usually more than one treatment is used, and treatments can be given in different combinations.
As there are different types of breast cancer, treatment varies from person to person. Your doctors will consider several factors to recommend the most suitable treatment for you.
Financial security helps beat cancer
Financial preparedness is, therefore, very critical in the fight to overcome cancer. Zurich Takaful CancerCare plan keeps you financially prepared and covers you against expensive cancer treatment bills, so that you can focus on getting better without worrying about the money.
Through its extensive coverage of both early and advanced cancers, the plan provides the necessary financial resources so that you get the best possible medical treatment as early as possible, and maximise your chances of survival.
With CancerCare, you not only safeguard your well-being but also your savings, which stays intact, for this comprehensive plan pays for diagnosis of early and advanced cancer.
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