Treatment of Breast Cancer
Treatment
Treatment surgical | oncology

 

Treatment

 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women throughout the world. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing by 1 – 2% per year. The mortality (deaths) from breast cancer has decreased by 20% with newer approaches to management i.e. early detection from mammograms and adjuvant therapy (chemotherapy, hormonal therapy).

The majority of women (60%) presenting with breast cancer have no risks for breast cancer at all.

 

Breast cancer usually presents as a painless lump. Every woman will experience a breast complaint at some stage of her life.

Importantly, 9 out of 10 breast problems are benign and are in no way related to cancer.Breast concerns can occur at any stage in a woman’s life.

2 out of 3 women experience breast pain. Only a small percentage of breast cancers cause breast pain. Although breast pain can be difficult to manage, perseverance is rewarded with success.

 

All breast lumps and nipple discharges should be evaluated by a medical practitioner and investigated to determine the cause.

 

Did you know?

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Most breast cancers present as a painless lump.

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Cancers can be diagnosed without having to undergo surgery.

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It is not always necessary to have a mastectomy for breast cancer; options such as breast conserving surgery and radiation, and immediate reconstruction after mastectomy are available.

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Major surgery to the glands can be replaced by a sentinel node biopsy in node negative patients.

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Specific tumour markers and characteristics about the tumour can determine whether one should have chemotherapy.

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Cancer can run in families.

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Breast cancer can be cured.