Breast cancer, the second most common type of cancer among women in the United States (after skin cancer), is diagnosed in more than 211,000 women and 1,700 men each year. According to the National Cancer Institute, 35 years ago approximately 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer survived their disease at least five years. Today, that number is up to nearly 90%. This work provides updated information about breast health and breast cancer risk factors. It explains the different types of breast cancer, including breast cancer associated with different genes, inflammatory breast cancer, Paget disease of the nipple, and breast cancer in men. It discusses how screening for breast cancer with mammography, clinical breast exams, and self exams may help doctors find and treat cancer early when treatments are more likely to be effective. Cancer treatment options, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biological therapy are described, and the emotional concerns of women in and after treatment are addressed. A section on research advances offers information from recent clinical trials, and the book concludes with a glossary and directories of resources.
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