Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the U.S. It is more likely to occur in women over the age of 50, and a woman's risk increases over age 60. Breast cancer occurs more often in white women than African American or Asian women.
How It's Detected
Woman over age 40 with no family history of breast cancer are generally recommended to undergo annual mammography screening to detect the presence of both benign and malignant tumors. Women should also receive an annual clinical breast exam from their physician, and should perform breast self-examination every month.
How It's Diagnosed
A surgeon will remove part of the suspected tumor mass. This is called a breast biopsy.
How It's Treated
Your physician will recommend the best treatment plan for you. Generally, women generally have the tumor removed through a lumpectomy (which removes the tumor and saves as much of the breast as possible) or if necessary a mastectomy (which removes the entire breast), followed by chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
Please visit the Breast Center for additional information.