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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11/15/2017
11/9/2017
Breast Cancer Recurrence

Women with ER-positive breast cancer may face a substantial risk of recurrence long after diagnosis, study finds

11/8/2017
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10/26/2017
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10/20/2017
Textured Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

Researchers say many doctors and patients may be unaware of the risk

10/19/2017
10/18/2017
Cooling Mitts, Socks May Ease a Major Chemo Side Effect

Nerve damage in limbs causes some to stop cancer treatment early

10/17/2017
Weight-Loss Surgery May Curb Risk for Certain Cancers

Endometrial and breast tumors were less likely among obese women who had the procedure

10/17/2017
Could 'AI' Become a Partner in Breast Cancer Care?

Artificial intelligence technology predicted 97 percent of malignancies in study

10/17/2017
Diagnosing Breast Cancer

The use of artificial intelligence may help doctors avoid unnecessary breast cancer surgeries, study finds

10/16/2017
Breast Cancer More Lethal for Blacks Than Whites

Higher death rate is largely due to insurance issues, but tumor types sometimes play a role, study finds

10/13/2017
Need Cancer Screening? Where You Work Matters

Americans employed in smaller businesses often lack insurance coverage, study finds

10/13/2017
More Women Choose Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Report highlights dramatic increase, notable trends

10/12/2017
Breast Cancer Screenings Still Best for Early Detection

Newer treatments, early diagnoses are improving outcomes for women with the disease, experts say

10/9/2017
Double Mastectomy May Mean a Hit to the Paycheck

Aggressive surgery for breast cancer might cause women to miss over a month of work

10/4/2017
How Breast Cancer Gene Mutations Raise Risk of Tumors

New insight into BRCA1 could help assess women's chances for the disease, researchers say

10/3/2017
Breast Cancer's Decline May Have Saved 322,000 Lives

But advances in care may not have helped black women as much as whites, report finds

9/29/2017
Verzenio Approved for Advanced Breast Cancer

The most common cancer in the United States

9/25/2017
Breast Cancer Radiation 'Less Scary' Than Thought

Majority of patients report more tolerable experience than they expected

9/25/2017
Mastectomy Study Confirms 'Jolie Effect'

Preventive breast cancer surgeries rose after the actress publicized her decision

9/22/2017
Yoga May Bring Better Sleep to Breast Cancer Patients

As little as two times a week seemed to make a difference over long term

9/13/2017
Surgeons Play Big Role in Women's Choices for Breast Cancer Care

Those with cancer in one breast less likely to get both removed if doctor is reluctant, study finds

9/11/2017
Managing Pain Can Be a Puzzle After Breast Cancer

Women who take opioids are more likely to stop vital hormonal therapy, study finds

9/8/2017
Obamacare Paid Off for Poorer Cancer Patients

Health coverage surged in states that expanded Medicaid, research finds

9/6/2017
'Cancer Pen' Could Help Surgeons Spot Tumor Cells in Seconds

Tool might one day allow more complete removal of malignant tissue, less time on operating table

8/21/2017
Study Supports Annual Mammograms Starting at Age 40

Researchers estimate thousands more U.S. lives would be saved each year

8/17/2017
Could Urban Lighting Raise Breast Cancer Risk for Some Women?

Study found link between ambient light and higher odds in young, smoking females, but more research needed

8/17/2017
High-Cal Foods May Raise Cancer Risk in Women, Even Without Weight Gain

Plant-based diet could help avoid malignancies, study suggests

8/16/2017
Can a Blood Test Detect a Range of Cancers Earlier?

Researchers move 'a step forward,' assessing DNA fragments for colon, breast, ovarian and lung tumors

8/11/2017
Antiperspirant Use Seems Safe During Breast Cancer Treatment: Study

Many doctors worry about skin damage during radiation, but new research found no such effect

8/1/2017
Breast-Feeding Lowers Mom's Breast Cancer Risk: Study

It also reduces the child's future cancer risk, cancer institute reports

8/1/2017
Gum Disease May Be Linked to Cancer Risk in Older Women

Esophageal, breast and lung cancer, among others, seen in postmenopausal women in large study

7/19/2017
'Nipple-Sparing' Mastectomies Don't Raise Odds of Cancer's Return: Study

Research suggests that the cosmetically superior procedure comes with no added risk

7/18/2017
Nerlynx Approved to Help Prevent Breast Cancer's Return

Drug is designed to block cancer-fueling enzymes

7/10/2017
Most Breast Cancer Patients Have Help Choosing Treatments

Support system can be useful when weighing complex therapy options, study authors say

6/29/2017
Many Women Mistaken on 'Side Effects' of Breast Cancer Drug

Study shows that normal symptoms of menopause are often blamed on tamoxifen

6/28/2017
New Microscope Scans Breast Tumors During Surgery

The instrument examines cells in 3D and may cut down on repeat surgeries.

6/26/2017
Insurance Coverage & Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Loss of Medicaid coverage leads to later stage breast cancer diagnosis, study finds.

6/26/2017
Medicaid Cuts Tied to Delayed Breast Cancer Diagnoses

Tennessee's 2005 Medicaid rollback could forecast what might happen if GOP health plans become law, some say

6/23/2017
Updated Mammography Guidance

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Issues New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

6/22/2017
Mammogram Decision Hinges on Patient-Doc Talk, Ob-Gyn Group Says

Updated guidelines say average-risk women can start screening at age 40

6/21/2017
Genetic Mutations and Cancer

Estimating the absolute risk of breast and ovarian cancer among carriers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations

6/20/2017
When Is Risk Highest for Women With Breast Cancer Gene Mutations?

Study narrows down peak times, possibly aiding in preventive treatment decisions

6/20/2017
Could Certain Hair Dyes, Relaxers Raise Breast Cancer Risk?

Study findings differ by race, but one expert says they're inconclusive

6/12/2017
Asian Women Less Likely to Get Follow-up After Abnormal Mammogram

Language, cultural barriers may prevent them from receiving needed care, study authors say