October 2, 2020
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.
September 21, 2020
Breast cancer survival rates are improving. The average 5-year survival rate for women with invasive breast cancer is 90%. If the cancer is located only in the breast, survival rates are even higher, averaging 99%, five years after diagnosis. Breast cancer screening is vital for early detection and increasingly successful treatment of breast cancer.
May 6, 2020
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.
February 6, 2020
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.
June 27, 2019
Even though statistics show 1 in 8 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, there is hope on the horizon. Overall, survival rates continue to rise and women are living longer after beating the disease. In order to keep this momentum, however, which can lead to improved care and better outcomes, it’s necessary to continue advancing our understanding of the disease through research.
Breast cancer research opens the door to finding better ways to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer, and to improve the quality of life of both cancer patients and survivors. From studying causes and prevention to learning how to manage and treat, here are some of the main focuses in breast cancer research today.