Dr. Harness shares if breast cancer is a fatal diagnosis.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Yes, breast cancer can absolutely be fatal. But if you look at what’s going on over the last 20 years, the mortality rate for breast cancer is continuously going down. The number one impact and the reason why mortality has gone down has been early screening, finding breast cancer at an earlier age. So screening mammography is clearly having an impact on mortality.
But also having an impact on mortality are better treatments, doing better surgical procedures. We have better chemotherapies. We have better anti-estrogen hormonal treatment, better radiation therapies. All those are coming into play with slowly but continuously decreasing mortality rate.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.