What is it about?
The breast cancer (BC) and its treatment (mastectomy, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy) have considerable psychosexual impacts on women's life. This study evaluated sexual functioning, quality of life, and self-esteem in young women with early-stage BC.
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Why is it important?
On the basis of the GLOBOCAN 2008 estimates, breast cancer (BC) is the most common diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among women, accounting for 23% of the total cancer cases and 14% of the cancer deaths. In women, BC raises issues for long-term psychological and social adaptation and quality of life (QOL). Because of advances in the early detection and treatment of this malignancy, BC mortality is decreasing, and now, the 5-year survival rate reaches 97% for women diagnosed at an early stage of disease. As the number of BC survivors increases, the long-term impact of BC on sexual function (SF), QOL, and self esteem gain growing attention. The reported rates for the prevalence of sexual dysfunctions in BC patients vary significantly, ranging from as low of 15% for decreased physiological arousal  to as high of 64% for diminished sexual desire. In a prospective cohort study, a total of 1,011 women were assessed regarding SF within 12 months of their first diagnosis with invasive BC.
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This page is a summary of: Quality of life and sexual functioning in young women with early-stage breast cancer 1 year after lumpectomy, Psycho-Oncology, July 2012, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/pon.3130.
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