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Breast Cancer

Let's Talk About Breast Cancer

We've got the doctor-approved details on breast cancer causes, symptoms, treatments, and a jillion other facts and tips that can make life facing breast cancer easier.

    Our Pro PanelBreast Cancer

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in breast cancer to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    P. Hank Schmidt, M.D.

    P. Hank Schmidt, M.D.Breast Surgical Oncologist

    Mount Sinai
    New York, NY
    Jonathan Stegall, M.D.

    Jonathan Stegall, M.D.Medical Director

    The Center for Advanced Medicine
    Alpharetta, GA
    Zahi Mitri, M.D.

    Zahi Mitri, M.D.Breast Cancer Oncologist

    The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
    Portland, OR
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    Frequently Asked QuestionsBreast Cancer

    How do I check myself for breast cancer?

    The best way is to get to know your breasts—how they feel, what they look like, and how they change during your menstrual cycle—and to let your doctor know about any concerning changes. The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump. Other signs can include dimpled skin, pain or swelling in one breast that's not related to your period, skin inflammation, and unexpected nipple discharge.

    What are the chances that I could develop breast cancer?

    Every person's risk is different and depends on factors such as genetics, family history, lifestyle, and other issues. But the average woman has about a 12% chance of developing breast cancer at some point in her life. The median age of diagnosis is 62; only about 5% of women with breast cancer are diagnosed under age 40.

    What is the breast-cancer survival rate?

    Prognosis depends on several things including the stage of cancer, type of tumor, and what treatments are available. But on average, the five-year survival rate for invasive breast cancer is 90%. The 10-year survival rate is 83 percent. The 5-year survival rate for metastatic breast cancer (the type that has spread to other parts of the body) is 27%. But remember, the survival rate for the earliest forms of breast cancer is 99%.

    Can men get breast cancer?

    Yes. Any person of any gender can get breast cancer, although women are 70 to 100 times more likely to develop the disease than men, according to the American Cancer Society. About 2,600 men are diagnosed each year.

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    Sunny is a health journalist, book author, and essayist living in Portland, OR.