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About Breast Cancer

About Breast Cancer

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 Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women (next to skin cancer), and 1 in 8 will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.1

The good news is that breast cancer death rates have been decreasing steadily since 1990, mainly due to increased awareness, earlier detection through screening, advances in treatment options. Methodist Cancer Center is dedicated to providing the resources you need for the detection and treatment of breast cancer.

What Is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is cancer that originates in the cells of the breasts. While there are several different types of breast cancer, cancer that begins in the milk ducts (ductal carcinoma) is the most common.

If a breast tumor is malignant, cancer cells can spread by breaking away from the original tumor and entering blood vessels or lymph vessels. If the cells attach to tissues in other organs, they may grow to form new tumors that can damage those tissues.

What Are the Risk Factors?
Studies have linked several factors to the risk for breast cancer:

  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Radiation exposure
  • Obesity
  • Beginning your period at a younger age
  • Having your first child at an older age
  • Beginning menopause at an older age
  • Post-menopausal hormone therapy
  • Consuming more than one alcoholic beverage per day

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For more information about breast cancer treatment at the Methodist Cancer Center or to make an appointment, call us at 713-790-2700.

1 National Cancer Institute