Have there been any real advances over the past few years in breast cancer research and cure?

Yes. There have been many advances in breast cancer from newer radiology testing modalities, new ways to test dna in the breast cancer cells to help determine best treatments, new radiation therapy options, as well as newer types of surgery to help preserve the breast tissue. The advances are so numerous it is hard to describe in this short answer venue.
Yes. Few yrs? Surgery: a new recommendation to stop routinely dissecting axillae for nodes, this decreases the risk of lymphedema without effect on os or dfs or recurrence. Med onc: targeted therapies such at herceptin, (trastuzumab) tdm-1, microtubule inhibitors are all new as well as new combinations being tried. Radiation: partial breast 5 day course is fairly new.
Not really. Many women are treated for dcis as if they have breast cancer when this can regress without treatment in up to half of the women. When you lump this non cancer diagnosis into the treatment results they look much better. If you subtract these women from the data there isn't much improvement in the past 20 years - just more expensive meds. Women need to manage hormones/diet to prevent breast cancer!

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Have researchers found that you can get breast cancer from drinking?

Do not. Think so! from smoking yes! consider moderation as alcohol in excess is really detrimental to your health besides the addiction that can ruin your life and your family too! Read more...

How many scientists and researchers are studying solutions to breast cancer in the us? Globally?

Very many/many ctrs. The exact number will always be hard to say, but the number is a very large one. There are several research centers in th U.S., like memorial sloan kettering, national institutes of health, and the mayo clinic. In these centers are many subcenters, including those devoted to cancer research, with breast cancer being a prime example. The world has similar centers in many developed countries. Read more...
Many! That's a difficult answer to quantify, but rest assured, it is many! in the us, since it is the most common cancer in women, funding and research for this disease is available, through federal grants, non-profit organizations, private companies, and grateful donors. We are making strides toward curing breast cancer every day! Read more...
No exact figure. Many physicians treat a do clinical research for effective treatment for bc. The ultimate solution to bc will almost certainly come from work at a more basic level - much of which is keyed to basic biology and not focused on bc alone. So the investigators studying all aspects of bc probably number over 100,000 world wide. Read more...

How long can someone live that's been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer on average (beyond 5 years)?

Breast cancer. That is a difficult question. It is certainly possible. With treatment the 5 year survival rate for Stage I cancer is very high. Without treatment it would depend on the type of cancer, how aggressive it is, age and health of the patient among other things. I have seen advanced stage patient live a lot longer than expected and early stage patients die earlier. I would advise treatment. . Read more...

My mother has been afflicted with breast cancer for over 20 years. I'm 18 years old (male) what are my chances?

This article should. clarify: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancerinmen/detailedguide/breast-cancer-in-men-risk-factors. Read more...
Relax. Chances are slim, but not zero. Does your mother have an abnormal gene? Read more...

I have been prescribed Cerazette because my mother had breast cancer and have been taking for over two years now. Is this the correct diagnosis?

Slight advantage. Cerazette has only progestogen with out estrogen as in common combined birth control pill , less clotting problems , could be used during breast feeding , still has very slight risk of breast cancer , if this is the issue , why don't you adapt non medication b c like iud . Speak to your doctor . Read more...