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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4/24/2017
Could Breast Milk Tests Replace Mammograms?

Scientists hope to improve breast cancer screening of younger women

4/14/2017
More Asian-American Women Getting Breast Cancer

Out of 7 nationality groups studied, only Japanese women didn't have an overall increase in the disease

4/12/2017
Misunderstood Gene Tests May Lead to Unnecessary Mastectomies

Half of breast cancer patients who had both breasts removed unsure of genetic risk of more cancers: study

4/10/2017
Mammogram Guidelines Have Changed, But Are Doctors Listening?

Study finds that most still recommend the breast cancer screen for women in their early 40s

4/7/2017
Can Smog Raise Breast Cancer Risk?

Exposure to fine-particle air pollution linked to dense breast tissue, a risk factor for tumors, study finds

4/6/2017
Smog and Breast Cancer Risk

Air pollution may increase a woman's risk of dense breasts, study finds.

4/3/2017
Gene Changes May Put Childhood Cancer Survivors at Risk

1 in 4 kids who lived through cancer developed another cancer by age 45, study finds

4/3/2017
Can Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Lower Cancer Death Risk?

Large U.S. study points to the drug's potential tumor-fighting abilities

4/3/2017
Breast Cancer 'Immunotherapy' Helps Some With Tough-to-Treat Disease

A minority of women with 'triple-negative' tumors responded to Tecentriq, but they responded well

3/31/2017
Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Still, more progress is needed and racial disparities remain, U.S. report finds

3/29/2017
Smokers May Be Prone to Risks From Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy

Long-term chances of heart attack, lung cancer higher for women who light up, study finds

3/29/2017
Preventive Mastectomy Rates Vary by State

Among young women with early breast cancer, almost half from 5 states opt to have healthy breast removed

3/28/2017
Many Women Who Get Breast Cancer Gene Test Don't Need It

6 out of 10 screened weren't at high risk for the disease, researchers say

3/23/2017
Young Cancer Survivors Can Face Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Findings emphasize the importance of counseling these women, before and during pregnancy

3/21/2017
Dietary Soy and Breast Cancer

Dietary soy products are safe for women diagnosed with breast cancer, study finds

3/14/2017
Is Radiation Therapy Overused in Breast Cancer Care?

Shorter course less expensive, equally effective in certain patients, researchers say

3/13/2017
Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors Face Risk of Second Cancer: Study

Those diagnosed at younger age or have a family history of cancer even more vulnerable

3/7/2017
Soy Safe, Even Protective, for Breast Cancer Survivors

Study of 6,200 women finds the food linked to lower risk of death after nearly a decade of follow-up

3/2/2017
Bad Diet in Youth Might Raise Risk of Early Breast Cancer

Study found an association, but didn't prove unhealthy foods caused disease

3/1/2017
Another Study Ties Obesity to Certain Cancers

Digestive organs may be hardest hit by too much weight, study suggests

2/28/2017
Diagnostic Mammograms Find More Cancers, and More False-Positives

Digital technology leads to 'marked improvement' in detection rates, radiology expert says

2/28/2017
Mammography Trends

Digital mammography has improved cancer detection rates, according to new study.

2/26/2017
Prison Time Can Be Deadly … to Health

Inmates at elevated risk of developing cancer, dying from their disease, study finds

2/22/2017
Breast Cancer and Lifestyle Changes

Physical activity may be the most important lifestyle factor in reducing breast cancer recurrence and death, study finds.

2/21/2017
Exercise a Powerful Ally for Breast Cancer Survivors

Those who worked out were about 40 percent less likely to die from disease, review suggests

2/14/2017
'Cooling Caps' May Halt Chemo-Linked Hair Loss

One of two trials was stopped early because results were so strong

2/9/2017
Many Women Skip Mammograms After False-Positive Result

But imaging experts stress that doing so may raise risk for actual breast cancer

2/8/2017
Breast Cancer and Genetic Testing

Many high-risk breast cancer patients are not receiving recommendations for genetic testing, study finds.

2/7/2017
Too Few High-Risk Women Tested for Breast Cancer Gene: Survey

Only half got BRCA screen, and more than half of those who didn't said doctors never recommended it

2/2/2017
Breast Density May Be Leading Indicator of Cancer Risk

Study suggests it outweighs obesity and family history, but oncologists say more research is needed

2/2/2017
Many Breast Cancer Survivors Don't Get Life-Extending Therapy

Study estimates nearly 15,000 lives saved over decade if all who needed hormone treatment got it

1/27/2017
Good News for Older Women With Early Form of Breast Cancer

A diagnosis of DCIS doesn't lower life expectancy in patients over 50, study finds

1/24/2017
U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Over Three Decades

But clusters of high death rates remain in some pockets of the country, study finds

1/24/2017
Half Report Severe Side Effects From Breast Cancer Therapy

Digestive troubles, pain, skin irritation and arm swelling among possible problems

1/23/2017
When Loved One Has Breast Cancer, Partner Suffers, Too

Anxiety is common even several years later, study finds

1/18/2017
Could Grilled, Smoked Meats Lower Survival After Breast Cancer?

Study can't prove cause and effect, but raises questions about beef, pork, lamb cooked at high temps

1/12/2017
Cooking Methods and Cancer

High intake of grilled or smoked meats may increase mortality risk among breast cancer patients, study finds.

1/11/2017
'Chemo Brain' Lasts for Months in Many Breast Cancer Survivors

Altered thinking must be acknowledged as 'one of the difficulties of treatment,' specialist says

1/9/2017
Study Casts More Doubt on Value of Mammograms

1 in 3 women diagnosed with breast cancer had nonthreatening tumors, while number of advanced cases didn't change

1/9/2017
Obamacare Boosts Breast Cancer Screening, Study Finds

Waiving costs appears to improve mammography rates, but not colonoscopy, even among the poor

1/5/2017
U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: Report

Researchers credit declines in smoking, better detection and treatment

1/4/2017
Powerful Drug for Advanced Cancers May Need Less Frequent Dosing

Patients whose disease has spread to bone can cut side effects tied to zoledronic acid, researchers report

12/21/2016
Many With Breast Cancer Unnecessarily Choose Double Mastectomy: Study

Removing healthy breast is unlikely to extend survival, but some doctors don't mention this, researchers say

12/16/2016
Minority Women Less Likely to Get Breast Cancer Screening

More study is needed to understand the disparity, researchers say

12/15/2016
Angelina Jolie's Mastectomies Tied to Rise in Genetic Testing

But, researchers did not find a corresponding increase in breast removal surgeries

12/15/2016
Beating Breast Cancer But Still Paying a Price

Small study suggests few long-term survivors receive adequate symptom relief

12/12/2016
Loneliness May Sabotage Breast Cancer Survival: Study

Weak social ties linked to higher risk of recurrence, early death, researchers report

12/12/2016
Preventing Breast Cancer Recurrence

Drugs that lower estrogen levels in breast cancer patients may affect heart function, study finds.

12/9/2016
Breast Cancer Death Rates Vary Around the World

Study found many countries seeing declines, but some Latin American nations, South Korea seeing increases

12/9/2016
Strength Training May Prevent Side Effect of Breast Cancer Surgery

Women who worked out twice a week saw less swelling in arms and chest, small study finds