October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

02 Oct 2017 9:10 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    In 2017, it's estimated that among U.S. women there will be*:

    •  252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer
    •  40,610 breast cancer deaths

    What Is Breast Cancer?

    Breast cancer occurs when cells divide and grow without their normal control.

    Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) occurs when the abnormal cells grow inside the milk ducts, but have not spread to nearby tissue. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer.

    Invasive breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread to nearby tissue or other parts of the body.

    Invasive breast cancer that spreads to other parts of the body is called metastatic breast cancer.  

    Learn more about breast cancer.

    Learn more about DCIS.

    Learn more about invasive breast cancer.

    Learn more about metastatic breast cancer.

    Warning Signs

    The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women.

    The most common signs are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.

    Learn more about the warning signs of breast cancer.

    Other Breast Conditions

    Other conditions and benign (not cancer) changes can occur in the breast.

    Some increase the risk of breast cancer and others do not. 

    Learn about lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS).

    Learn about benign breast conditions

    *American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2017. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2017.

Updated 03/28/17

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