Breast Cancer News

There are several different types of breast cancer. The most common is ductal carcinoma, in which a tumor develops in the cells that form the lining of a breast duct. Lobular carcinoma is the second most common, and this form of cancer begins in the breast lobules.

Of all the types of cancer, breast cancer may be one of the most well-known. And there’s good reason for this: No form of cancer is more common among women.

Symptoms

Often, breast cancer can be present with no symptoms appearing. That's why getting an annual mammogram or a physical examination by a doctor is so important. This should take place if you are older than 40 or at a high risk for breast cancer because of such other factors as family history.

Other times, breast cancer gives subtle warning signs that a tumor is present in the breast. Signs include skin changes on or around the breast, breast swelling and a lump in or around the breast. Regular physical exams and self exams are the best way to detect these issues.

Treatment of Breast Cancer

In most cases, surgery is the first line of defense when it comes to the treatment of breast cancer. In some instances, surgeons can remove just the cancerous tissue without removing the whole breast. Other times, however, the entire breast must be removed to fully remove the cancer and allow for the best possible outcome. Breast reconstruction is often an option for women who have one or both breasts removed.

In addition to surgery, other therapies used to treat breast cancer include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy. Both chemotherapy and radiation therapy are treatments designed to kill cancer cells that may remain in the breast after surgery. Some hormones actually contribute to breast cancer and breast cancer risk, so a variety of different treatments called hormone therapies help to block the production of these hormones. Targeted therapy refers to a medication that blocks the action of the HER2 protein, which contributes to breast cancer in some women.

SOURCES: U.S. National Cancer Institute; BreastCancer.org.

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7/17/2014
Preventive Double Mastectomy

Undergoing preventive double mastectomy may not significantly extend life expectancy, research says.

7/16/2014
Removing Healthy Breast of Little Benefit to Breast Cancer Patients: Study

Women choosing the procedure gained just one to seven extra months of life over 20 years, researchers say

7/9/2014
Breast Cancer Drug Aromasin May Be Option for Some Premenopausal Women

It produced lower 5-year recurrence rates compared to tamoxifen, but didn't boost overall survival, study finds

7/7/2014
Men Develop Breast Cancer, Too

But little research is done on male treatments, expert says

7/4/2014
Cholesterol Levels May Be Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

But research is still preliminary, experts say

7/2/2014
'Generally Reassuring' Findings on Fertility Drugs, Women's Cancers

But researchers still urge long-term monitoring

7/1/2014
Mammography Costs Soar for Seniors, But Detection Rates the Same: Study

Research hasn't shown expensive technologies benefit women over 65, researcher says

6/24/2014
3D Mammograms May Improve Breast Cancer Screening

Higher detection rates, fewer false alarms seen with newer technology, study says

6/23/2014
Women With Breast Cancer Genes More Likely to Choose Extensive Surgery

Nearly three-quarters of patients changed their plans after learning they had increased risk: study

6/18/2014
Mammography Cuts Breast Cancer Deaths by 28 Percent: Study

But experts say women still need risks, benefits spelled out

6/18/2014
Breast Cancer Surgery Rates Vary Greatly in Canada

Those living farther from radiation centers more likely to receive mastectomy, study finds

6/17/2014
MRIs Plus Mammograms Best for High-Risk Women, Study Finds

Canadian researchers say combination better for those at risk of breast cancer

6/16/2014
Older Breast Cancer Patients Do Follow Drug Therapy: Study

7-year review finds adherence to recommendations for preventing cancer return

6/11/2014
Tumor-Targeting Agent Attaches to Cancer Cells: Study

New molecule may lead to improvements in detection and treatment, researchers say

6/11/2014
Moles and Breast Cancer Risk

Two new studies suggest a link between the number of moles a woman has and breast cancer risk

6/11/2014
Red Meat May Raise Breast Cancer Risk, Study Suggests

Eating more fish, nuts, poultry may help, but findings don't prove cause-and-effect

6/10/2014
Moles May Be Harbinger of Higher Breast Cancer Risk

Studies found that women with more moles on their arms had slightly higher chance of malignancies

6/10/2014
Breast Cancer Drug Herceptin Linked to Risk of Heart Problems: Study

But most of these effects reverse after women finish treatment, experts say

6/9/2014
Sophisticated Chest Scans May Raise Children's Lifetime Cancer Risk

These imaging tests expose kids with heart disease to high doses of radiation, researchers report

6/9/2014
Many Women With Breast Cancer Get Too Little Exercise

Physical activity linked to improved survival odds, experts say

6/4/2014
Medicaid Patients Get Worse Cancer Care, Studies Contend

Researchers found screening, treatments weren't as good as patients with private insurance

6/3/2014
Some Breast Cancer Patients May Get Drug-Linked Heart Failure: Study

But many aren't getting treated for the condition, researchers say

6/2/2014
Certain Breast Cancer Patients May Need Little Treatment After Tumor Removal

Study might provide an option to women with very small HER2-positive tumors

6/1/2014
Newer Anti-Estrogen Treatment May Benefit Younger Breast Cancer Survivors

Drug appears more effective than tamoxifen at reducing recurrence in premenopausal women: study

5/30/2014
Drug May Lower Odds of Early Menopause in Breast Cancer Patients

When added to chemotherapy, it also boosted survival rates, researchers report

5/27/2014
New Guidelines Recommend Longer Tamoxifen Treatment

Breast cancer survivors may benefit from taking the estrogen-blocking drug for up to 10 years, experts say

5/27/2014
Memory Problems After Chemo Linked to Brain Changes

Study finds drop in brain activity during multitasking in women who had chemotherapy for breast cancer

5/21/2014
Double Mastectomy Often Not Needed, Study Finds

Most women who have both breasts removed have low risk of opposite-breast cancer, researchers say

5/16/2014
Tough-to-Treat Breast Cancer Nearly Twice as Common in Black Women: Study

Income differences didn't account for higher risk, researchers report

5/16/2014
Surgery Isn't Only Option for Women With Ovarian Cancer Genes

Breast-feeding, birth control pills and getting fallopian tubes tied may also cut cancer risk, study finds

5/15/2014
Could a Blood Test Predict Breast Cancer's Return?

Study suggests routine sample might provide information critical to treatment

5/15/2014
Obesity May Raise Breast Cancer Death Risk for Some Women

Study found younger, obese patients with estrogen receptor-positive disease were more likely to die

5/13/2014
Lung Cancer Not on Many Women's Radar: Survey

Although lung cancer is biggest cancer killer, women believe breast cancer is a bigger concern

5/7/2014
Ultrasound of Lymph Nodes No Less Accurate for Obese Women, Study Says

Findings are 'reassuring' for breast cancer patients, according to researcher

5/5/2014
Major Women's Health Study Paid Big Dividends

Scientists say HRT research has returned $140 for every $1 spent on the $260 million trial

5/5/2014
Experts Issue Treatment Guidelines for Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer

Up to one-fifth of patients will have these 'HER2-positive' tumors, oncologists' group says

4/30/2014
Radiation May Equal Surgery, With Easier Recovery, for Cancerous Lymph Nodes

Study of breast cancer patients found fewer complications with nonsurgical treatment

4/30/2014
'Freezing' Technique May Work for Some Women With Early Breast Cancer

Less invasive procedure destroyed all cancer cells when tumor was 1 centimeter or less

4/28/2014
Joblessness an Unwanted Side Effect of Chemo for Breast Cancer

Survey found over one-third who had the drug therapy were unemployed four years later

4/21/2014
False-Positive Mammograms Don't Deter Women From Future Screening: Study

While most experienced short-term anxiety, it was gone within a year, researchers say

4/18/2014
So-Called 'Apple Shape' Not a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: Study

Overweight, not waist size, was tied to higher odds of developing disease in older women

4/15/2014
Blood Test Aims to Predict Breast Cancer's Return

Study found DNA-based screen was more than 90 percent accurate in predicting recurrence

4/14/2014
Cheaper 'Gene Panel' Screening May Reveal Cancer Risks

Study suggests this as alternative to whole genome sequencing

4/11/2014
Vegetables in Childhood May Benefit Breast Health

Girls who ate carotenoid-rich foods less likely to have breast conditions, study finds

4/9/2014
High-Fat Diet May Boost Breast Cancer Risk

Study found women who ate the most saturated fat were more likely to develop tumors

4/8/2014
Could Daughter's Cancer Risk Be Affected by Father's Age at Birth?

Early study tied younger dads to higher odds of breast, ovarian tumors, and older dads to increased risk of uterine disease

4/7/2014
4/3/2014
Fertility Drugs May Not Raise Breast Cancer Risk: Study

But subset of women who took Clomid for more than 12 cycles appeared more likely to get invasive breast cancer

4/2/2014
Mammogram Debate

Comprehensive review of 50 years worth of studies concludes the benefits of mammography screening may be overestimated.

4/1/2014
New Review Suggests Benefits of Annual Mammograms Are Overstated

Analysis of 50 years of clinical data adds to controversy over who should be screened, how often