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Breast cancer is a disease which begins in the breast tissue; it's the second most common type of cancer and mainly affects women (breast cancer is rare in men). Left undetected and untreated, breast cancer can spread to other areas of the body.
Women as young as 20 should make a clinical breast exam a part of her routine when seeing the doctor. After age 40, the American Cancer Society recommends women have a breast exam by a health professional every year, including a screening mammogram.
Women of all ages are encouraged to conduct frequent breast self-exams to help detect changes between exams.
symptoms of breast cancer may be detectable through breast self-exam, or doctor’s exam and mammography. The most common sign of breast cancer is a lump found in the breast or armpit area. Because symptoms of breast cancer may be related to noncancerous breast conditions, further testing is almost always required to confirm a diagnosis.
The first step after a problem is detected is a biopsy, which can pinpoint the problem better. Any treatment depends on whether there's an actual tumor, calcification and if cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.
Treatment options can vary from surgery to remove a single tumor to hormone therapy, radiation and chemotherapy either as a standalone treatment or in combination. Given the high incidence and destructive nature of breast cancer, early prevention and treatment of this disease is a high priority.
In its earliest stages, breast cancer symptoms may not be apparent except through an exam by your doctor. If you think you are risk for breast cancer, put your mind at ease by contacting your medical provider and getting checked.