Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women today—with the exception of skin cancer.  Breast cancer occurs when a malignant tumor develops in one or both of the breasts. While most breast cancers begin in the cells that line the ducts (ductal cancers), some begin in the cells that line the lobules (lobular cancers), while a small number start in other tissues.  Breast cancer will strike 1 in 8 women this year alone and most often will be found through a routine mammogram screening or by a physical symptom such as a lump.  There are many risk factors for developing breast cancer, but if you are a woman, you are already at risk.  Age, genetics, a previous diagnosis of breast cancer and other lifestyle factors are general contributors for the disease.  Treatment options will depend on the stage of the cancer but will usually include one or a mix of the following:  surgery (a mastectomy), radiation and chemotherapy.   Although breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, survival rates for the disease continue to improve year after year.

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