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What Is Metastatic Breast Cancer?

May 6, 2020

What is metastatic breast cancer

Metastatic breast cancer, which may also be referred to as Stage IV breast cancer, indicates that cancer has spread from the breast tissue and the nearby lymph nodes to other organs in the body, most commonly the bones, lungs, liver or brain. Any type of breast cancer (estrogen-positive, HER2-positive, etc.) can metastasize (spread) to other areas of the body.

When a tumor is found outside of the breast, it's made up of breast cancer cells. For example, if you have a tumor in the lungs that is metastasized breast cancer, it contains breast cancer cells, not lung cancer cells. These cells may no longer react to the treatments given in the past, meaning that new cancer therapies may be necessary. 

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What You Can Expect During Your First Mammogram

February 6, 2020

What to Expect During Your Mammogram

If you are preparing for or anticipating having to schedule your first mammogram, you may be wondering what to expect. A mammogram is a non-invasive diagnostic scan essential for early detection of breast cancer. It can be an inexpensive and highly effective method for reducing breast cancer risks. Having regular mammograms can be critical for those with a higher risk level or history of family breast cancer of any age.

Today, we'll provide a guide to preparing for your first mammogram and outline what you can expect during your first screening.

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Men and Breast Cancer: What Every Man Needs to Know

November 19, 2019

Men and Breast Cancer

While certain cancers such as brain tumors are viewed as equally affecting men and women alike, other cancers are seen as gender specific. For instance, prostate cancer is identified as a type of cancer that only affects men for the simple reason that women do not have prostates. Breast cancer is widely recognized as being a common type of cancer that affects women. However, what isn't talked about as much is the fact that breast cancer affects men as well. Let's take a closer look at the signs, symptoms, risk factors, screening, and treatment options available for male breast cancer.  

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How Can You Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

October 1, 2019

How Can You Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

More than likely, someone close to you currently has or has had breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, great strides are being made in an effort to find a cure and eradicate breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month, a time to celebrate survivors, and support those who are currently battling breast cancer and those who will in the future. If you're wondering how you can show your support during breast cancer awareness month and all throughout the year, then you have come to the right place. Let's take a look at how you can take a stand against breast cancer. 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 10, 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Early detection is key for effectively fighting breast cancer! The most important screening test in early breast cancer detection is a mammogram. In addition to an improved outcome, some patients diagnosed with early-stage disease are candidates to have less aggressive surgery, can skip chemotherapy or radiation, or will receive a shorter course of treatment for breast cancer.

Breast cancer does not represent “one disease” but, rather, many different and similar diseases all characterized by normal breast cells becoming cancerous breast cells. Although we do not know why most patients develop breast cancer, abnormal genes appear to play a key role in some patients and genetic testing has assumed a greater role in evaluating many newly diagnosed patients.

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