October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Nearly 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year according to the American Cancer Society. This is a sobering number, but the disease is not fatal to everyone diagnosed with it. Thanks to earlier diagnosis, more effective and targeted treatments, and better understanding of breast cancer, more women are beating the disease and living longer.
The Second Leading Cause of Death in Women
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women per the American Cancer Society. It is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.
Simply Being a Woman
Simply being a woman is the main risk for getting breast cancer. Other risk factors include aging, a family history and ethnicity.
While there is no definitive approach to preventing breast cancer, there are ways you can reduce your chances of getting the disease. Staying physically fit, maintaining a proper diet and limiting your alcohol consumption have all been linked to lowering a person's chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Drexel Cancer Care
Drexel Cancer Care utilizes the latest medical breakthroughs to treat all forms of cancer, including breast cancer. Our specialists are located centrally in Philadelphia, offering patients easy access to advanced cancer care, and are committed to providing patients with compassionate, comprehensive cancer treatment.
Drexel Cancer Care also provides patients with access to numerous support groups. These groups are offered free of charge to patients, families and caregivers.
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.