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Breast Cancer – Frequently Asked Questions
- What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is the result of cancer cells beginning to grow out of control in the breast. Most common in women, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- What is ductal breast cancer?
Ductal cancer is a breast cancer located in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple.
- What is lobular cancer?
This type of breast cancer starts in the glands that create milk.
- What causes breast cancer?
The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood yet, although it is believed that hormones, how you eat, and your overall health can contribute to a breast cancer diagnosis. Genetics can also play a role, which is why we recommend Genetics Counseling here at Southeastern Med.
- What are signs I might have breast cancer?
Like many cancers, sometimes breast cancer can be present with no signs or symptoms. However, knowing what your breasts normally look and feel like is very important so that you can be aware of any changes. The American Cancer Society provides a broader list of breast cancer signs and symptoms.
- What is the treatment for breast cancer?
There is no single answer to this question. Treatment will depend on the stage of your cancer, where the tumor is located, and more. You may need surgery or you may need to undergo radiation or chemotherapy. Whatever the treatment, you will be supported with a multi-disciplinary team here at Southeastern Med and you will be able to recover close to family, friends, and your home.
- How can I prevent breast cancer?
There is no way to 100% say with certainty that any one thing can prevent breast cancer. As with any health condition, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be helpful in preventing any type of ailment. One of the biggest keys is to make sure you get screened once a year after the age of 40, especially if breast cancer runs in your family. Early detection can make a big difference in the duration and seriousness of the cancer and the treatment.
- How common is breast cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society
- About 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2020
- About 48,530 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed in 2020 (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer)
- About 42,170 women will die from breast cancer in 2020