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

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

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