Breast Cancer in Young Women Requires Different Treatment

Breast cancer doesn’t occur often in younger women. Of the more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2015, only about 11 percent will involve women younger than 45. Young breast cancer patients have special concerns. Their cancers tend to be more advanced, more aggressive, more likely … Read More

Mammograms Still Have the Power to Save Your Life

A study that casts doubt on the usefulness of mammograms for long-term cancer survival may have grabbed headlines recently. But health experts still maintain that annual mammograms for women over age 40 will save lives. The results, published last week in the British Medical Journal, were a 25-year follow-up of the Canadian National Breast Screening … Read More

14 Questions About Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis

After hearing your doctor say “You’ve got breast cancer,” it’s hard to focus on what comes next. You’re understandably scared, and your mind probably is reeling. You’re not prepared – no one is – to have a conversation about your prognosis and medical choices. From oncologist Jame Abraham, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Medical … Read More

Breast Cancer: Younger Women Diagnosed More Often

A new study finds a small but significant increase in the number of younger women with advance stage breast cancer. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington found the number of women between ages 25 and 39 being diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer increased from 1.53 per 100,000 in 1976 to 2.90 … Read More

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Men Get Breast Cancer Too

John’s* patient documents made me pause. As I read over his new patient questionnaire, I found that this 52-year-old man had not seen a doctor since childhood – not until last month when his new primary care physician referred him to me after finding a large breast mass. I walked into the examination room where … Read More

A Brush With Breast Cancer

Contributor: Katherine Lee, MD If I had one memory that I could hold onto, it would be an encounter I had with a patient about 20 years ago. A young woman in her early 40s had come in for her gynecological exam. I had received a report from the mammogram she had done a week … Read More

6 Misconceptions About Breast Cancer

I asked my colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic Breast Center what they perceive to be patients’ most common misconceptions about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care. Combining our list, these six misconceptions rose to the top: 1. “If I have an annual mammogram, I don’t need to examine my breasts.” It is important to understand … Read More

How to Do a Great Self-Breast Exam

While most of my patients have heard they should perform a self-breast exam (SBE), many say they have never heard all the tips I’d like to share with you. The key is to remember: “When, Look, Feel and Write!” Tip #1: Do your breast exam at the same time each month Think: “When” You should … Read More

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Breast Cancer: A Serious Risk for Men Too

When is the last time your husband performed a breast exam on himself? What about your father or even your son? Most likely it hasn’t been recently, probably not frequently, and in fact he may have never performed an exam more than once in his life. Even though men do not have breasts like women, … Read More