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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8/18/2016
Two Genes Might Help Predict Breast Cancer Survival

Research suggests that tracking DNA activity patterns may someday help women with certain tumor types

8/15/2016
New Guidelines Set Safe Surgery Margins for Some Breast Cancers

2 millimeters is enough to guard against recurrences while reducing need for additional surgeries

8/12/2016
Cancer Survivors More Prone to Obesity, Study Finds

Risk appears to be particularly high for people who had breast or colon cancer

8/12/2016
Breast Cancer and Western Diets

Study detects correlation between a Western diet and dense breast tissue.

8/10/2016
Regular Exercise: Antidote for Deadly Diseases?

High levels of physical activity linked to lower risk for two cancers, diabetes, heart disease and stroke

8/8/2016
Sugary, High-Fat Western Diet Tied to Denser Breast Tissue

Previous research has linked higher density to increased risk of breast cancer

8/2/2016
Insurance, Distance Often Prevent Breast Reconstruction After Cancer

Obstacles like these can keep women from getting the surgeries, study finds

7/29/2016
Cancer Surgeons Advise Against Removal of Healthy Breast

For most women, risk of disease in unaffected breast is low, group says

7/28/2016
'Ppl, I Have Breast Cancer'

Many women found online support after their diagnosis, researchers find

7/20/2016
Breast Density and Cancer Risk

Being diagnosed with dense breasts may depend on who reads your mammogram, study finds.

7/19/2016
IVF Won't Raise Risk for Breast Cancer

New findings should reassure the many women who undergo the fertility procedure, specialists said

7/19/2016
Even High-Fat Mediterranean Diet Good for You: Review

Still protected against diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer

7/18/2016
Wide Variation Seen in 'Dense' Breast Diagnoses

Doctors may misjudge a woman's cancer risks as a result, researchers say

7/14/2016
Weight Loss Might Reduce Cancer Risk: Study

Corresponding drop seen in proteins that promote tumor growth

7/13/2016
'Liquid Biopsy' May Show Whether Cancer Drugs Are Working

But research is still in early stages, experts note

7/8/2016
Why Breast Cancer Survivors Should Exercise

Moderate physical activity can ease stress that impairs memory, study suggests

7/8/2016
Could Statins Help Fight Cancer?

Study found an association -- but no proof -- of prolonged survival

7/7/2016
Innovative Trials Produce Promising Breast Cancer Drugs

Adaptive study design allows researchers to match medications to patients more quickly

6/30/2016
Gene Tied to Breast Cancer Raises Uterine Cancer Risk Too

Women with BRCA1 may want to consider preventive removal of uterus, researcher says

6/24/2016
Smoking May Hinder Common Breast Cancer Treatment

Cigarettes and drugs called aromatase inhibitors appear to be a bad mix, researchers say

6/23/2016
Healthy Living Slashes Cancer Risk

The 'good' life cuts tumor odds up to 45 percent and risk of cancer death up to 61 percent, study finds

6/22/2016
Patient Positioning Might Hamper Accuracy of Breast MRI

The scans are used to plan surgeries, but face-down position might introduce error, small study suggests

6/7/2016
U.S. Black Women Get Less Care to Prevent Breast Cancer Return

Genetic testing, risk-reducing surgery more likely for whites, Hispanics, study finds

6/6/2016
Longer Use of Certain Drugs Cuts Recurrence for Breast Cancer Survivors

Women who took an aromatase inhibitor for 10 years instead of 5 got added benefit, study found

6/6/2016
Useless Treatments Common in Young, Terminal Cancer Patients

3 in 4 get aggressive therapies with painful side effects in last months of their lives, study finds

6/6/2016
Liquid Biopsy May Help Doctors Track Changes in Tumors

Large study found it predicted when cancer DNA was mutating, could help tailor treatments to avoid drug resistance

6/3/2016
Cheaper Breast Cancer Drug Does Well in Clinical Trial

It has similar effectiveness, safety compared to Herceptin for HER2-positive disease

6/3/2016
'Smart Bomb' Targets Tough-to-Treat Breast Cancer

Experimental approach doubles time to disease progression, experts find

6/2/2016
Mindfulness Meditation Seems to Soothe Breast Cancer Survivors

Six-week class reduced fear of recurrence, fatigue and anxiety, researchers report

5/27/2016
Estimating Breast Cancer Risk

Could nearly 30% of breast cancers be prevented by helping women modify lifestyle risk factors?

5/26/2016
Healthy Living May Offset Genetic Breast Cancer Risk

Lifestyle may matter even more when your DNA is working against you, research shows

5/25/2016
Common Abnormal Heart Rhythm Linked to Cancer Risk

But study only found an association and doesn't prove that atrial fibrillation causes cancer

5/19/2016
Fatty Foods During Teen Years May Influence Later Breast Cancer Risk

Higher amounts of unhealthy fats tied to greater breast density, researchers suggest

5/12/2016
Many Breast Cancer Patients Try Alternative Medicine First: Study

But delay in getting chemotherapy may lower odds of survival, researcher says

5/12/2016
Teens Who Eat Lots of Fruit May Lower Their Breast Cancer Risk: Study

But second report found women who drink more alcohol over time might increase chances of disease

5/9/2016
4/29/2016
Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers

Study finds even small increases in pollution raised overall odds of dying from disease by 22 percent

4/25/2016
Nipple-Preserving Mastectomies Appear Safe for High-Risk Women: Study

Preventive breast surgeries with nipple intact don't raise breast cancer risk, researchers report

4/25/2016
Low-Dose Aspirin Tied to Better Cancer Survival in Study

Improved odds seen for patients with colon, prostate or breast tumors, but research isn't definitive

4/22/2016
Celebrity Cases May Help Spur Rise in Double Mastectomies

Many women now think it's the best treatment for breast cancer, study suggests

4/21/2016
Common Class of Breast Cancer Drugs May Not Trigger 'Chemo Brain': Study

Anthracyclines are widely used, but new research finds no link between the meds and survivors' mental function

4/21/2016
Breast Cancer Meds Won't Raise Chances of Heart Attack, Stroke, Study Suggests

But there was a slightly increased risk of less serious heart problems

4/20/2016
Breast Cancer Gene Might Lower Women's Fertility: Study

The BRCA1 mutation may speed the aging of a woman's ovaries, researchers report

4/18/2016
Many Breast Cancer Patients May Not Need Chemo: Study

Genetic test can help doctors determine who can safely avoid treatment after surgery

4/18/2016
Breast Cancer and Diet

Following a low-fat diet may improve breast cancer survival rates, new study finds.

4/16/2016
Low-Fat Diets May Help Older Women With Breast Cancer Survive Longer: Study

A decade after diagnosis, there were 20 percent fewer deaths when compared to women in usual diet group

4/15/2016
Widely Used Type 2 Diabetes Drug May Reduce Cancer Death Risk

Older women taking metformin saw a boost in survival, study suggests

4/15/2016
Early Stage Breast Cancer Does Need Treatment, Study Finds

Experts say surgery, not observation, is best for cancer confined to milk ducts

4/14/2016
About Half of Women May Benefit From Mammograms at 40: Analysis

Study puts new scrutiny on latest guidelines, which recommend screening can begin at age 45 or 50

4/5/2016
Sugary Drinks, 'Bad' Carbs Tied to Breast, Prostate Cancers

Preliminary study finds more reason to improve your diet