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Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer related deaths in women. Overall, one in ten women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, the development of early cancer detection programs and effective treatment options has reduced the rate of mortality. Earlier detection and treatment of breast cancer can significantly improve a patient’s survival rate before cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body.

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What are the different types of breast cancer?

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Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer related deaths in women. Overall, one in ten women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, the deve...

How are the stages of breast cancer assigned?

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Staging describes the type and severity of breast cancer. In the United States, the most common breast cancer staging method is the “TNM” system and is based on...

What are the treatments for breast cancer?

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There are many types of breast cancer and treatment is individually tailored to that particular breast cancer type and stage. Other considerations for choosing treatments depend on the patient’s age; whether the woman...

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

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Most women with breast cancer symptoms will have a breast lump. However, it is important to remember that most breast lumps are typically benign. Benign and malignant breast lumps physically difficult to distinguish.

What are the risk factors for breast cancer?

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There are several genetic and environmental risk factors for breast cancer. Only about 30% of breast cancer patients have an identifiable risk factor.

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Potential risks or harm from breast cancer screening

Mammograms remain one of the most effective methods of screening for breast cancer even though, as with any test, the results are sometimes imperfect.

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