Breast Cancer Information - Stay Informed

Post by: Mel at 11:03 AM on Wednesday, Oct 06 2010 in News | Permalink | Contact

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer forms in the tissues of the breast and is usually found in the ducts (milk tubes) and lobules (milk making glands).  

Who can get breast cancer?

Breast cancer is found in both men and women.  Although breast cancer in men is rare, it can occur.

Am I at risk of getting breast cancer?

Being a woman automatically puts you at risk for breast cancer!  Also the following factors put you at risk

  • age
  • age at the start of menstruation
  • age at first live birth
  • number of first-degree relatives (mother, sisters, daughters) with breast cancer
  • number of previous breast biopsie (whether positive or negative)
  • at least one breast biopsy with atypical hyperplasia

source: http://www.cancer.gov/bcrisktool/breast-cancer-risk.aspx

Will a mammorgaphy prevent Breast Cancer?

No, but they can help saves lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible, which means the early you find breast cancer, the earlier you can undergo treatment and keep your breasts. When caught early, localized cancer can be removed without needing a mastectomy.

The biggest risk you take by getting a mammorgraphy is the fact that the test isn't perfect and that the cancer can hide and not show up (ie. a flase negative). However, with regular checkups, breast self-exams and mammographies, the chances of finding breast cancer early is higer than not getting a mammorgraphy at all. Beginning at age 40, you should start to get an annual mammorgraphy.

I found a lump, so that means I have breast cancer?

Not necessarily.  8 out of 10 breast lumps are benign (not cancerous).  If you find a lump or change in your breast tissue, contact your physician and take charge of your health. Sometimes we would rather not go to the doctor (myself included)  because we are afraid of what they will find.  But knowing about it and getting it treated can save your life.  So put the fear aside and make an appointment with your doctor.

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Every 69 seconds a woman dies from breast cancer.  Check out 69seconds.org and find out how you can continue to help!

To find out if you are at risk, please check out the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool.

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