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Breast Cancer Overview

 

Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

  • Approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

  • Annual mammograms are recommended for women 40 and older and for younger women with specific breast cancer risk factors.

  • Warning signs and symptoms for breast cancer can vary greatly. If you experience any changes in the breast, nipple or underarm, schedule an appointment with your doctor.

  • The most common genes associated with breast cancer risk are BRCA1 and BRCA2.

  • There is a 98% survival rate for breast cancer that is detected at an early stage.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Any woman may develop breast cancer. Eighty-five percent of those with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. However, there are certain risk factors that may increase the likelihood of developing the disease.

Read more about breast cancer risk.

Inherited Breast Cancer Concerns

Navigating your family history or genetic risk factors for breast cancer can be daunting. Kala Visvanathan, M.D., discusses cancer as a family disease, and explains what individuals need to know if they test positive for a genetic mutation.

Watch to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions About Genetic Testing

There are many things to consider before choosing to have genetic counseling or proceeding with a genetic test.

Read more about genetic counseling, and what to consider before being tested.

Screening and Prevention

Mammograms and More: Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Breast cancer screening guidelines can be controversial. Cecilia Brennecke, M.D., explains why adhering to an annual screening schedule can positively contribute to your health and the early detection of this deadly disease.

Find out what you should be doing to screen for breast cancer.

6 Mammogram Myths

If you don’t have a family history of breast cancer or if your doctor doesn’t tell you to get one, do you have to worry about scheduling an annual mammogram? Learn the truth about some of the most common myths surrounding this lifesaving screening exam.

Learn the facts about mammograms.

Understanding Your Mammogram Report: Answers from Experts Lillie Shockney and Susan Harvey

Your mammogram report contains a lot of medical terminology because it is generally meant for your primary care doctor, but still contains information that is important to you. Our experts help you understand some common terms found in a mammogram report.

Read more to understand some common findings in mammogram reports.

Diagnosis and Staging

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Having the proper diagnosis is critical to receiving the best treatment. Lumps or other abnormalities found on a mammogram may be caused by cancer or other less serious problems. There are several ways that a doctor can correctly diagnose your symptoms.

Read more about how breast cancer is diagnosed.

Breast Cancer: Grades and Stages

The grading and staging of breast cancer is the blueprint to understanding the size, growth, and type of tumor to create a treatment plan.

Learn more about the grades and stages of breast cancer..

Treatment

Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Decades of research and innovation have resulted in an individualized approach to breast cancer treatment.

Learn more about the different treatments for breast cancer.

The Harry J. Duffey Family Pain and Palliative Care Program

The Harry J. Duffey Family Pain and Palliative Care Program was founded in 2007 to provide compassionate, supportive care to patients and their families, and to help guide them throughout the cancer process.

Learn more about the palliative care program.

Exploring Your Breast Surgery Options

David Euhus, M.D., discusses the differences between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy, techniques used to maintain the look and shape of the breast following surgery, and the typical recovery process for patients.

Watch to learn more about your surgical treatment options.

What is Breast Reconstruction?

Advanced technologies and techniques have given plastic surgeons the tools to rebuild a woman’s breast to near normal size and shape.

Watch to learn more about the breast reconstruction process..

Survivorship

10 Myths About Breast Cancer Survivorship

Advances in breast cancer treatment have significantly improved the breast cancer survival rate. However, it is common to still have questions about your health after you have successfully beaten breast cancer.

Read more about some commons myths associated with surviving breast cancer.

Tools for Survivorship: Thriving After Breast Cancer Treatment

Survivorship begins at the time of diagnosis and continues through and beyond treatment, recurrence and cures. It also extends to family and friends. Antonio Wolff, M.D., discusses survivorship, and provides guidance on what all patients can do to maintain health and wellness.

Watch to learn more about survivorship after breast cancer.

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