Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of female centric cancers - but it can also affect men. There is a wealth of support and information out there regarding Breast Cancer - remember that you're never alone in your fight against cancer.

Find out the latest medical information and Breast Cancer help here.

Ongoing Research into Breast Cancer

Checking for Breast Cancer Recurrence

Breast cancer can recur at any time, but most recurrences occur in the first three to five years after initial treatment. Breast cancer can come back as a local recurrence (in the treated breast or near the mastectomy scar) or as a distant recurrence somewhere else in the body. The most common sites of recurrence outside the breast include the lymph nodes, the bones, liver, lungs, or brain. Breast changes that might indicate a recurrence include:

In addition to performing monthly breast self-exams, regular (once every 3-4 months) follow-up appointments with a physician should be scheduled. A breast exam, lab or imaging tests as needed, should be performed during these visits.

Breast Cancer in Young Women

Younger women generally do not consider themselves to be at risk for breast cancer. Just fewer than 7% of all breast cancer cases occur in women under 40 years old. However, breast cancer can strike at any age, and women of every age should be aware of their personal risk factors for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer and Pregnancy

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in pregnant women and tends to affect women in their mid-30s. About one in every 1,000 pregnant women get breast cancer, the disease can be devastating to both the mother and her child -- so it is essential that pregnant women and their doctors continue to do routine breast exams and thoroughly investigate any suspicious lumps and symptoms.

A major problem is that a lot of changes take place in a woman's breasts during pregnancy. This makes it harder to identify small lumps. Lumps can also be mistaken for a normal change in pregnancy. In addition, breast cancer tumours in pregnant women are often larger and more advanced by the time they are detected than lumps in women of the same age that are not pregnant. Although pregnancy doesn't cause breast cancer, the hormonal changes in the body can accelerate its growth.