Breast Cancer Screening near Paradise NV

Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the breast tissue. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it’s far more common in women.

Breast Cancer Statistics

  • A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer sometime in her life is approximately 1 in 8
  • The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 33

Causes

The cause of breast cancer is unknown, but research shows that certain risk factors are associated with the disease.

Risk Factors

Note – Research has shown that most women with known risk factors do not get breast cancer and that many women who get breast cancer have none of the risk factors listed below.

  • Caucasian women, age 50 or older
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Changes in breast tissue
  • Changes in certain genes
  • Increased exposure to estrogen over a lifetime through:
    • Early onset of menstruation
    • Late onset of menopause
    • No childbearing or late childbearing
    • Absence of breast feeding
    • Taking hormone replacement therapy for extended periods of time
    • Tobacco use
    • Increased breast density
    • Radiation therapy before the age of 30
    • Overuse of alcohol
    • Physical Inactivity
  • Gender
    • 100 times more common in women than in men
    • 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women (second to lung cancer)
    • Most common form of cancer in women other than skin cancer
  • Age
    • Increases as a women ages
    • Approx. 77% of women with breast cancer are over age 50 when they are diagnosed
    • 18% are diagnosed in their 40’s

Prevention and Detection

Because the cause of breast cancer is unknown, finding and treating it early is the best method of prevention.

Treatment

Typical treatments of breast cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and biologic therapy.

For more information regarding breast cancer please visit:

BreastCancer.org
American Cancer Society
Cancer Care
National Cancer Institute
NIH Cancer Topics

Survival Rate

  • Early detection and treatment of breast cancer is the key to survival
  • When breast cancer is detected before it has spread to lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 97%

Web Resources

To learn more about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, call Horizon Women’s Health at (702) 898-7226 today!

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