Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the breast, it is called breast cancer. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women.
Men can get breast cancer. In men, breast cancer can happen at any age, but is most common in men who are between 60 and 70 years old. Male breast cancer is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
For men, signs of breast cancer
and treatment are almost the same as for women. For more information, visit General
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Different people have different warning signs for breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all. A person may find out they have breast cancer after a routine mammogram. (http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/mammograms.htm)
Some warning signs of breast cancer are-
Keep in mind that some of these warning signs can happen with other conditions that are not cancer.
Breast cancer screening (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/screening/overview/patient) means checking a woman's breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. Three main tests are used to screen the breasts for cancer. Talk to your doctor about which tests are right for you, and when you should have them.
A mammogram (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Detection/mammograms) is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms are the best method to detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. If you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.
A clinical breagst exam is an examination by a doctor or nurse, who uses his or her hands to feel for lumps or other changes.
A breast self-exam is when you check your own breasts for lumps, changes in size or shape of the breast, or any other changes in the breasts or underarm (armpit).
Having a clinical breast exam or a breast self-exam have not been found to decrease risk of dying from breast cancer. At this time, the best way to find breast cancer is with a mammogram. If you choose to have clinical breast exams and to perform breast self-exams, be sure you also get mammograms regularly.
Most likely, you can get screened for breast cancer at a clinic, hospital, or doctor's office. If you want to be screened for breast cancer, call your doctor's office. They can help you schedule an appointment. Most health insurance companies pay for the cost of breast cancer screening tests.
CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/) offers free or low-cost mammograms and education about breast cancer. Find out if you qualify (http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/screenings.htm).