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disease. Screening mammography is not a perfect exam. But it is the best available tool to detect cancer early, which can lead to better options and possibly less aggressive treatments. If you’re concerned about screening mammograms, talk to your doctor and learn what’s right for you based on your individual risks. It’s important that the two of you work together to develop a screening plan. More health-related information can be found at www.mayoclinic.org/ canada.
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• Clinical breast exam—performed by a health care provider and recommended annually beginning at age 40; • Screening mammography—beginning at age 40. Screening mammograms can detect early breast abnormalities. Findings from a study in Sweden of more than one million women in their 40s, who received screening mammograms, showed a decrease in breast cancer deaths by 29 per cent. It’s important to remember that most women who get breast cancer have no family history or other known risk factors for the
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and signifies a time for women to think about their annual breast screening. While there are varying mammogram guidelines from different organizations, Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a Winnipeg native who studies breast cancer at Mayo Clinic, recommends a three-tiered approach: • Breast health awareness—woman becoming familiar with her breasts in order to identify breast abnormalities or changes, and to inform her doctor of any changes that may need further evaluation;
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer affects men, too Though it most often occurs in women, breast cancer can affect men as well. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is roughly 100 times less common among men than among women, but roughly 1,900 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed among men in the U.S. every year. Though men are less likely to get breast cancer than other cancers, it still helps to understand certain aspects of the disease that can help lessen their risk and prepare them should they or a loved one be diagnosed. Risk Factors When it comes to risk factors for breast cancer, men might have several risk factors but never develop the
disease. Other men might have none of the risk factors but still develop breast cancer. Perhaps most puzzling, even if a man is diagnosed with breast cancer, doctors still can’t be certain what exactly was the cause, even if the man has one ore more of the risk factors associated with the disease. Similar to female breast cancer, many of the risks associated with male breast cancer are related to hormone levels. • Age: A man’s risk of breast cancer increases as he ages, and the ACS notes the average age of diagnosis is 68. • Inherited gene mutations: A mutation in the BRCA2 gene accounts for roughly 10 percent of all breast cancers in men. While
mutations in the BRCA1 gene can also cause breast cancer in men, the risk factor is far less. In addition, mutations in the CHEK2 and PTEN genes can also increase a man’s risk for breast cancer. • Estrogen treatment: Men with prostate cancer sometimes receive hormonal therapy that includes estrogen-related drugs. This can increase the risk of male breast cancer, but the ACS notes that risk is small compared to the benefits such treatments produce in slowing the growth of prostate cancer. • Klinefelter syndrome: Men with Klinefelter syndrome, a congenital condition affecting roughly 1 in 1,000 men, have lower
levels of androgens, or male hormones, and higher levels of estrogens, or female hormones, than most men. Some studies have found that men with Klinefelter syndrome are more likely to get breast cancer than other men, though both conditions are so uncommon that more research is needed to determine a more concrete link between the two. • Heavy alcohol consumption: Heavy alcohol consumption increases a man’s risk for breast cancer. That’s likely because of alcohol’s effect on the liver, which plays a role in sex hormone metabolism. Men who abuse alcohol are much more likely to develop cirrhosis, and men who have cirrhosis commonly have higher estro-
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gen levels because the liver is less capable of controlling hormonal activity. Cause of Male Breast Cancer The aforementioned risk factors can increase a man’s risk of developing breast cancer. However, the cause of most breast cancers in men remains unknown. Male Breast Cancer Prevention Preventing male breast cancer can be difficult because there is no known cause. However, men who maintain a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle are less likely to develop the disease. Maintaining an ideal body and restricting alcohol consumption are two steps all men should take to prevent breast cancer and other
diseases as well. Self-examination can also play a role in preventing male breast cancer. Men should never ignore a breast lump, as, similar to female breast cancer, male breast cancer can manifest itself in a lump on a man’s breast. Men are often diagnosed with breast cancer much later than women, which could very well be because men are less likely to look for breast cancer than women. Should anything suspicious appear, men should report it to their physician immediately, as early detection improves the chances that male breast cancer can be treated successfully. Men can find more information about male breast cancer at www.cancer.org.
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Self-examination might be the ultimate decision, but women must recognize the importance of immediately consulting their physician should any of the following signs and symptoms appear. • Lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm. This lump or thickening will persist through the menstrual cycle. • An area that is noticeably different from any other area on either breast. • A mass or lump on the breast. This lump can be as small as a pea. • Changes in the size, shape or contour of the breast. • Redness around the nipple or on the skin of the breast.
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doesn’t necessarily mean a woman is breast-cancer free. Women, particularly those with a family history of breast cancer or those over the age of 50, should also be tested for breast cancer on an annual or biannual basis.
When receiving a pathology report after being diagnosed with breast cancer, women might notice the cancer will be graded on a scale from 1 to 3. These grades indicate how different the cancer cells’ appearance and growth patterns are from those of normal cells. Grade 1 cells don’t look much different from normal cells and grow slowly in well-organized patterns. Also, not many grade 1 cells divide to form new cancer cells. Grade 2 cancer cells grow and divide faster than normal cells and do not look like normal cells. Grade 3, or high grade, appear significantly different than normal cells. These cells grow quickly in disorganized patterns, and many form new cancer cells. While a low-grade cancer diagnosis is generally an encouraging sign, it’s important to note that treatments like chemotherapy and radiation target fast-dividing cells, making higher-grade cancers more vulnerable to treatment.
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• A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple. • A change in how the breast feels or appears. The breast might be scaly or inflamed and can even dimple. • A hardened area un-
a scale from 0 to IV, with 0 describing noninvasive cancers and IV describing invasive cancers that have spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body. In the U.S., stage 0 breast cancers have a considerably higher survival rate (93 per cent according to the National Cancer Data Base) than stage IV breast cancers (15 per cent). What those statistics illustrate is the emphasis women must place on detecting breast cancers. While self-examination was once suggested, medical organizations and professionals now question if such self-examinations are ideal. Women should consult their physician to determine the best approach for them.
In the United States alone, more than 200,000 breast cancer diagnoses are made each year. According to the American Cancer Society, the death rates for breast cancer among women are higher than for any other cancer besides lung cancer. The survival rate for breast cancer is considerably better the earlier the cancer is detected. In fact, the Canadian Cancer Society notes the five-year survival rate for Canadian women diagnosed with breast cancer between 2004-06 was 88 per cent. Such survival rates typically depend on the stage at which the cancer was diagnosed. Breast cancer is commonly diagnosed on
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