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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer awareness is a necessity throughout the entire year. Apart from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer found among women in the United States. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some point in a woman's life is less than 12 percent, meaning that 1 in every 8 women will be affected by this disease.

The American Cancer Society's most recent 2011 estimates for breast cancer show that within a year, about 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, about 57,650 new cases of carcinoma in situ will be diagnosed and about 39,520 women will lose their battle with breast cancer. Given these startling statistics, becoming informed about the kinds of breast cancer, the risks associated with the disease and the preventive care that can help avert it are critical. (More)

Understanding Breast Cancer

  • Breast Cancer
  • Anatomy of the Breast
  • Risks for Breast Cancer: Health History and Genetics
  • The Role of Diet and Counseling in Cancer Prevention
  • What Puts Me At Risk For Breast Cancer?
  • Understanding Breast Cancer in Black Women: Part 1 - A Look at Income
  • Understanding Breast Cancer in Black Women: Part 2 - A Look at Obesity and Exercise
  • Understanding Breast Cancer in Black Women: Part 3 - What You Can Do
  • What Can I Do To Reduce My Risk of Breast Cancer?
  • Four Things You Can Do To Prevent Cancer
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  • Commonly Asked Questions

  • Are "Inconclusive" Mammogram Tests a Sign of Cancer?
  • Are Microcalcifications a Sign of Cancer? My Mother Had Breast Cancer.
  • Is a Nodule Found on an MRI that Doesn't Look Benign Automatically Cancer?
  • Is Breast Soreness Before Period Common?
  • Is Dense Fibroglandular Tissue a Sign of Cancer?
  • Is the Pain in my Right Breast and Upper Back a Sign of Cancer?
  • Should I be Concerned About Persistent Itchy Nipple?
  • What Are the Next Steps for Testing Breast Microcalcifications?
  • What Causes Breast Rash and Discoloration?
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  • Symptoms and Tests
  • Treatment
  • Complications
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    Jean T Stevenson, MD, FACS
    Case Western Reserve University

    Last Updated: May 12, 2016