We know the statistics about cancer – and they are scary. This year, it has been estimated 130,470 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia, with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020.
One of the most effective ways of reducing your level of fear of a diagnosis of cancer is to gather as much credible and useful knowledge as you can. You need clear and honest information from your cancer specialists about your situation and what lies ahead.
When you hear about “cancer statistics”, you often hear only the negatives. I have been in medical practice for over 30 years. In the early part of my career, a woman diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer would have been told there was nothing more to be done. Now, it is a vastly different picture. Even with metastatic disease, we plan for possible long-term survival.