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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2/11/2016
Overactive Thyroid Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

But researchers added that their study did not prove cause-and-effect

2/11/2016
More Young Breast Cancer Patients Getting Gene Test

New study finds nearly all women under 40 at diagnosis are opting for BRCA evaluation

2/8/2016
Is Fat From Another Area of Body Safe for Breast Reconstruction?

Research shows this practice doesn't increase risk for new cancers or recurrence

2/8/2016
Cancer Connections?

There may be a connection between breast cancer and thyroid cancer, according to new study.

2/5/2016
Breast Cancer Survivors Vulnerable for Thyroid Tumors, and Vice Versa: Study

Doctors, patients should know of increased risk, expert says

2/4/2016
Meditation May Ease Pain, Anxiety From Breast Cancer Biopsy: Study

Researchers also found music helps during the procedure

2/1/2016
Girls Who Eat More Fiber May Face Lower Breast Cancer Risk Later: Study

Start eating vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains early in life, experts say

2/1/2016
Dietary Fiber and Breast Cancer

Eating a diet high in fiber during adolescence may reduce risk of breast cancer, new study finds.

1/29/2016
Worldwide Boost in Breast-Feeding Could Save 800,000 Lives: Study

Global economy would also benefit from more mothers nursing their babies, study contends

1/26/2016
Smoking Lowers Breast Cancer Survival, Study Finds

Smoking after diagnosis tied to 72 percent higher risk of death from the disease versus never smoking

1/21/2016
Many Older Americans May Get Unneeded Breast, Prostate Cancer Screenings

Seniors shouldn't be checked if they have less than 10 years to live, but study found almost 16 percent do

1/15/2016
Personal Care Plans Tied to Better Follow-Up in Breast Cancer Survivors

Study found improvement in number of low-income women meeting care recommendations

1/14/2016
Cancer No. 1 Killer of Asian-Americans, Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders: Study

Though incidence lower than among white Americans, researchers say

1/12/2016
For Cancer Survivors, Expenses Keep Mounting

Even after treatment, medical costs are still thousands more annually, study finds

1/11/2016
Mammograms a Personal Decision for Women in Their 40s, Panel Says

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening every 2 years for all after the age of 50

1/7/2016
Cancer Death Rates Down 23 Percent Since 1991: Study

That translates to an additional 1.7 million survivors, expert says

1/7/2016
Regular Mammograms Worthwhile for Elderly Women

New study shows screenings helped lower breast cancer deaths among those over 69

1/6/2016
Some Women Face Geographic Barriers to Breast Reconstruction

Those treated at academic hospitals travel nearly 50 miles on average, research shows

1/3/2016
New Rules for Mammograms, Tanning Beds Top Health News of 2015

Female libido pill, measles outbreaks and vaccine controversy also made headlines

12/30/2015
Breast Cancer Screening Methods

Ultrasound vs. Mammography in breast cancer screening

12/28/2015
Breast Ultrasound, Mammography May Be Equally Effective: Study

But ultrasound has more false positives, researchers find

12/22/2015
Hormone Therapy Safely Helps Preserve Fertility for Breast Cancer Patients: Study

However, in many cases doctors and patients don't discuss the issue, experts say

12/21/2015
Study Suggests Link Between Gum Disease, Breast Cancer Risk

Higher odds seen among postmenopausal women who smoke, smoked in the past

12/21/2015
One-Third of Incurable Cancer Patients Keep Working, Study Finds

Tumor location, type of treatment unlikely to influence decision

12/14/2015
Cancer Rates Dropping in Rich Countries, Rising in Poorer Ones: Study

Low- and middle-income countries adopting Western lifestyle, which increases risk of disease, experts say

12/11/2015
Vistogard Approved for Chemotherapy Overdose

For drugs often prescribed to treat breast, colon cancers

12/11/2015
Early Chemo Less Likely to Help Black Breast Cancer Patients: Study

More research needed to explain why outcomes differ among black, Hispanic and Asian women

12/11/2015
Laser: A Breast Cancer Treatment Alternative?

Procedure showed promise on tumors under 3/4 of an inch, but more study is needed

12/11/2015
Two Drugs Equal in Preventing Early Breast Cancer's Return: Study

Women with ductal carcinoma in situ had similar outcomes with tamoxifen, anastrozole

12/11/2015
Breast-conserving Therapy

Breast-conserving surgery may improve overall survival in early breast cancer

12/10/2015
Depression May Be Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Survival

Doctors should be on the lookout for signs of the mood disorder, researcher says

12/10/2015
Timing May Be Key to Success of Surgery, Chemo for Early Breast Cancer

Scheduling the operation soon as possible after diagnosis seems to raise odds for survival, study finds

12/10/2015
Lumpectomy Plus Radiation May Beat Mastectomy for Early Breast Cancer

Study suggests 21 percent greater odds of survival after 10 years

12/9/2015
Cooling Cap to Reduce Chemo-Linked Hair Loss OK'd

Designed for women diagnosed with breast cancer

12/9/2015
Drugs May Protect the Heart During Chemotherapy

Researchers also found lower risk of complications that can interrupt breast cancer treatment

12/9/2015
Breast Cancer Drugs Battle Disease's Return

Xeloda lowered risk by a third, while Prolia lowered chances by 18 percent, researchers report

12/7/2015
Experts Issue Guidelines on Caring for Breast Cancer Survivors

New advisory comes from the American Cancer Society and American Society of Clinical Oncology

12/7/2015
Researchers Focus on Risk Factors for Leukemia After Breast Cancer Treatment

Family history of cancer, inherited gene mutation seem to raise chances of secondary malignancy

12/4/2015
Safe to Take Antidepressants With Tamoxifen: Study

No greater risk of breast cancer recurrence seen

12/2/2015
Survival Improves for Patients With Advanced Breast Cancer

Study finds better prognosis in women whose tumors have spread beyond the breast, nearby lymph nodes

12/2/2015
False-Positive Mammogram May Hint at Breast Cancer Risk Later

But researcher stresses that risk is small, and women should be vigilant with screenings

12/2/2015
Is Breast Density an Overrated Cancer Risk Factor?

Croatian study questions the link, but U.S. experts disagree with finding

12/2/2015
Breast Density and Cancer Risk

Breast density alone may not be a strong risk factor for cancer, according to a new study.

11/30/2015
Obamacare Boosting Breast Cancer Screening Among Poor: Study

Researchers report that expansion of Medicaid coverage is improving access to mammograms

10/30/2015
Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk of Aggressive Breast Cancer: Study

Researchers call for removing obstacles to breast-feeding in home, community and workplace

10/29/2015
Breast Cancer Equally Common Now Among Blacks, Whites

In years past, rate for whites exceeded that of blacks, but that gap is gone, American Cancer Society says

10/27/2015
Number of Mammograms Handled May Affect Breast Cancer Detection Rates

Early stage invasive tumors more readily spotted at larger facilities, study says

10/27/2015
More Evidence That Drinking May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

European study found odds for the disease rose along with daily consumption

10/27/2015
Risk of More Aggressive Early Breast Cancers Rises With Age, Study Finds

Certain milk duct tumors more likely to become invasive at 60 than 50, experts say

10/21/2015
New Mammogram Guidelines Already Creating Controversy

Doctors at several leading U.S. cancer hospitals say most women should get exams starting at 40, not 45