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Breast Cancer - Care & Prevention

Breast Cancer - Care & Prevention

Sat, 2013-06-01 17:01 -- flhealth

A Proactive Approach for Better Outcomes

Hearing that you have breast cancer can be unsettling and certainly frightening. But 70% of all breast cancer can be detected through a monthly self-exam and the five-year survival rate is high, somewhere between 96 and 98%.

During your lifetime, you have roughly a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer. The vast majority of breast cancer cases, 80%, begin in the tiny ducts that run from the many glands in the breast that connect to the nipple. This is known as ductal cancer. Another 10 to 15% is known as lobular cancer, occurring in the lobules of the breast. There are other rarer forms of cancer, including inflammatory breast cancer, medullary cancer, phyllodes tumor, angiosarcoma, mucinous carcinoma and mixed tumors.

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States. Only skin cancer is more prevalent. It can manifest itself differently in different women, age groups or even in the kinds of cells that are found within a tumor.

If you find a lump in your breast you should see a doctor at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. Our team of breast cancer specialists will schedule a thorough exam and diagnose the problem. The good news is that 80% of all lumps in the breast are non-cancerous and if they are cancerous, our hospital has a highly qualified cancer team to treat it aggressively.

The key to beating breast cancer is accepting your diagnosis, arming yourself with information and having an experienced team on your side that can utilize the most advanced therapies and treatments available, including the use of clinical trials.

The Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, directed by Olga Ivanov, MD, FACS, is extremely proactive when it comes to screening, diagnosing and treating breast health issues, especially breast cancer. We are proud of our record of not only increasing awareness in the community, but in detecting breast cancer early and treating it on multiple fronts, improving outcomes and offering hope to thousands of women in the region.

If you would like to know more about breast cancer or want to schedule a screening or consultation, contact our clinical care coordinator today.