Over 800 women at high risk screened for breast cancer at NCCCR

Over 800 women at high risk screened for breast cancer at NCCCR

Over 800 women at high risk screened for breast cancer at NCCCR

Dr Cathy Farnon, Associate Specialist with the Southern Trust's Breast Cancer Team says: "We know that one in eight women will develop a breast cancer in their lifetime and that a family history, particularly of breast and ovarian cancer can contribute to increased risk".

The American Cancer Society stated that in 2014 about 237,000 women and 2,200 men were diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 465 men and 41,211 women in the USA succumbed to breast cancer.

October is breast cancer awareness month.

Ellyn Davidson, a marketing executive and president of Brogan & Partners in Birmingham, was 36 and the mother of three young children when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.

"I immediately thought I was going to die", Trish said, "and then I thought about my kids". Jackson said if the tumor crosses two or more quadrants of the breast-i.e. upper-inner upper-outer, lower-inner and lower-outer-a mastectomy is usually necessary, followed by radiation, chemo or a combination of the two.

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He also plans to participate in the 20th anniversary Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Atlanta, which will be held at SunTrust Park on Saturday.Indeed, men can get breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Landscape in India, a white paper by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), which aims to provide insights regarding status and challenges in breast cancer care will be released Thursday by Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel.

Treatment options for her patients are personalized to their specific case, she said, whether it be surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or therapeutic.

"I think it's important that women understand that it doesn't matter what age, what your nationality is, it affects us all", said Baker.

Almost 60 per cent patients with breast cancers are diagnosed in advanced stages.

Started in 1985, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was observed in the U.S.initially to increase early detection of breast cancer by encouraging women to have mammograms.

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Nationally the disease makes up only 2 percent of breast cancer diagnoses.

She said that the Hereditary Cancer and High-Risk Screening Program is the first of its kind in the region.

"I sort of had an inkling that would be the news, but it still doesn't prepare you", she said.

It is highly recommended that women self-examine their breasts regularly and consult a doctor should they feel any change.

"When I was diagnosed with cancer 11 years ago, I had no idea I had a mutation in my BRCA2 gene", Davidson, now 47, explains. "We took that information and used it to empower ourselves and make the best decisions for our own health".

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