Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. This is why regular breast cancer screening is so crucial. Learn more.

What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump.

Where breast cancer starts?
Breast cancer can start from different parts of the breast. Most breast cancers begin in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple. Some start in the glands that make breast milk. There are also other types of breast cancer that are less common.

How breast cancer spreads?
Breast cancer can spread when the cancer cells get into the blood or lymph system and are carried to other parts of the body.

Can breast cancer be found early?
Yes. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat. Getting regular screening tests is the best way to find breast cancer early.

What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. A mammogram is an important step in taking care of yourself and your breasts.

When should I get a mammogram?
All women should get a mammogram starting at age 40. If you have family history of breast cancer talk to your doctor about when to start.
Don’t be afraid of mammograms! Remember that only 2 to 4 screening mammograms in 1,000 lead to a diagnosis of breast cancer.

What are some tips for getting a mammogram?
Always describe any breast changes or medical history you’re having to the technologist doing the mammogram. Before getting any type of imaging test, tell the technologist if you’re breastfeeding or if you think you might be pregnant.

Source: American Cancer Society

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Posted on March 19th, 2019 and last modified on July 29th, 2022.