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What is breast cancer Breast Cancer is finding a lump in the breast that is malignant tumor. It starts in the cells of the breast and it grows and metastasis to other areas of the body.
Causes (risk factors) Getting older Being older when you first had your menstrual period. Starting menopause at a later age Being older at the birth of your first child Never giving birth Not breast feeding
Video Here is a quick video on a women who had breast cancer removed from the breast. http://www.memorialcare.org/medical_services/breast-care/breast-cancer-surgery-video.cfm
Causes (risk factors) Using birth control pills , also called oral contraceptives. Drinking alcohol (more than drink a day). Not getting exercise on a regular basis
Causes continued Personal history of breast cancer Family history of breast cancer (mother, sister, daughter) Treatment with radiation therapy to the breast/chest Being overweight Long term use of hormone replacement therapy (estrogene and progesterone)
Symptoms New lump in breast or underarm (armpit) Thickening or swelling of breast of the breast Irritation or dimpling of breast skin. Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area
Symptoms Continued Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood. Any change in the size or the shape of the breast Pain in any area of the breast
Prevention Get screened for breast cancer regularly. Control your weight and exercise. Know your family history of breast cancer. Find out the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
Diagnosis Breast ultrasound Diagnostic mammogram Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Biopsy
Screening test Mammogram Clinical self-exam Breast self-exam
Treatment Surgery Chemotherapy Hormonal therapy Biological Therapy Radiation
Questions asked to breast cancer patients How did you find out that you had breast cancer? What was going through your mind when you were notified that you were diagnosis with breast cancer? How did you tell your family that you had breast cancer? How old were your when you were diagnosis with breast cancer?