Breast Cancer Symptoms & Awareness

Breast Cancer is among the most frightening and publicized diseases in the U.S. But survival rates are getting better all the time, and while there may be (as yet) no way to avoid it, there are many diagnostic and treatment options you should know about. Find them here.

What is Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the breast. Normally, the cells of the breast divide in a regulated manner. If cells keep dividing when new cells are not needed, a mass of tissue forms. This mass is called a tumor. A tumor can be benign or malignant.
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Diagnosis of Breast Cancer Your doctor will discuss your medical history, including any family history of breast cancer. Your breasts will be examined for characteristic symptoms, including lumps or thickening, nipple discharge or inversion, redness or changes in the skin or contour of the breast. If breast cancer is suspected, the following tests will be perfor...Read more

Breast Cancer Causes

The cause of breast cancer is unknown. Research shows that certain risk factors are associated with the disease. ...
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Does Hormone Therapy Cause Breast Cancer? Q: I am so confused about hormone therapy after the latest headlines about breast cancer and hormones. I had a hysterectomy 5 years ago, and my doctor prescribed the Vivelle patch 1.0 mg and I love it. Should I stop using it? I am afraid of getting breast cancer even though it does not run in my family. What should I do?A:The headlines about breast...Read more

Breast Cancer Risks

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Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Question: How do I know if I'm at risk for breast cancer? Answer: Less than 30 percent of breast cancer cases can be attributed to known risk factors or genetics, according to the Breast Cancer Action Kit. For the remaining 70 percent, the causes aren't fully understood. The greatest risk factor is gender. Women account for nearly all cases, as o...Read more

Breast Cancer Symptoms

Early breast cancer usually does not cause physical pain, and symptoms may not initially be noticeable. As the cancer grows, it can cause changes that include: A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm areaA change in the shape or size of the breastNipple discharge or tendernes...
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Breast Cancer Symptoms May Include Sex Problems Breast cancer symptoms for patients may include sexual problems. An Australian researcher says 70% of women report having sexual problems after being treated for breast cancer.Mary Panjari of the Women's Health Program at Monash University in Melbourne finds 80 percent of the women who say they previously had a good and satisfying sex life report s...Read more

Breast Cancer Prevention

Although certain genetic factors may not be preventable, there are other precautions you can take to decrease your risk of developing Breast Cancer. If you have a strong family history of breast cancer, Talk to your doctor about whether you should be tested for the breast and Ovarian Cancer gene...
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Breast Cancer Screening: Paternal Genes Also Important A new Canadian study says that too much emphasis is put on the maternal side of the family when testing for breast cancer. It suggests that the paternal genes also have a part to play in screening for both breast and ovarian cancer. Jeanna McCuaig, a researcher at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, and colleagues used patient records to compare...Read more

Breast Cancer Treatment

The treatment and management of Breast Cancer may include medications, lifestyle changes, radiation therapy , chemotherapy , biological therapy, or surgery. The goals of treatment are to kill the cancer cells and prevent tumors from recurring in the same (or other) locations. Treatment involves the following:
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Breast Cancer Survival Tips Offered Breast Cancer patients are encouraged to create a plan, reduce risks, seek support, address fear, get active and manage symptoms. Karen Syrjala of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle suggests patients get a summary of treatments -- surgery, radiation and chemotherapy -- and discuss monitoring their long-term effects. She says the ...Read more
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