While certain cancers such as brain tumors are viewed as equally affecting men and women alike, other cancers are seen as gender specific. For instance, prostate cancer is identified as a type of cancer that only affects men for the simple reason that women do not have prostates. Breast cancer is widely recognized as being a common type of cancer that affects women. However, what isn’t talked about as much is the fact that breast cancer affects men as well. Let’s take a closer look at the signs, symptoms, risk factors, screening, and treatment options available for male breast cancer. (more…)
Early detection is key for effectively fighting breast cancer! The most important screening test in early breast cancer detection is a mammogram. In addition to an improved outcome, some patients diagnosed with early-stage disease are candidates to have less aggressive surgery, can skip chemotherapy or radiation, or will receive a shorter course of treatment for breast cancer. (more…)
More than likely, someone close to you currently has or has had breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, great strides are being made in an effort to find a cure and eradicate breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month, a time to celebrate survivors, and support those who are currently battling breast cancer and those who will in the future. If you’re wondering how you can show your support during breast cancer awareness month and all throughout the year, then you have come to the right place. Let’s take a look at how you can take a stand against breast cancer. (more…)
Breast cancer survival rates are improving. The average 5-year survival rate for women with invasive breast cancer is 90% 1. If the cancer is located only in the breast, survival rates are even higher, averaging 99%, five years after diagnosis. Breast cancer screening is vital for early detection and increasingly successful treatment of breast cancer. (more…)
Metastatic breast cancer, which may also be referred to as Stage IV breast cancer, indicates that cancer has spread from the breast tissue and the nearby lymph nodes to other organs in the body, most commonly the bones, lungs, liver or brain. Any type of breast cancer (estrogen-positive, HER2-positive, etc.) can metastasize (spread) to other areas of the body.
When a tumor is found outside of the breast, it’s made up of breast cancer cells. For example, if you have a tumor in the lungs that is metastasized breast cancer, it contains breast cancer cells, not lung cancer cells. These cells may no longer react to the treatments given in the past, meaning that new cancer therapies may be necessary.