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Breast cancer is very common and there are many different types of breast cancer. Fortunately for women today, raised awareness about early detection and the development of excellent treatment options has increased the survival rates for breast cancer patients.
We strongly encourage you to seek the advice of an experienced breast specialist if you notice any of the following symptoms:
Early detection is the key to the successful treatment of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms for women older than 40 with no other known risk of breast cancer. Every woman should have a clinical breast exam at her yearly physical. If you do find a lump, make an appointment with your doctor immediately; however, please remember that 80 percent of all breast lumps are benign, meaning they are not cancerous and pose no health threat.
For women who have a strong family history of breast cancer, it is important to start having annual mammograms earlier than the age of 40. Digital mammograms are a newer, more advanced technique for finding smaller tumors and are the preferred imaging tool for women with fibrocystic breast disease and/or a family history of breast cancer.
Learn about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions: