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Breast cancer affects more women than any other cancer, aside from skin cancer. Fortunately, when caught early through screening mammograms, breast cancer has multiple effective treatment options. From skin sparing surgery to chemotherapy, targeted radiation therapy to hormone therapy, you can find the treatment options you need at Ellis Medicine.

You'll also find supportive care, whole-person care to help you feel better, even during treatment. Through our partnership with Roswell Park Care Network, we offer support groups, a nurse navigator, spiritual and psychological counseling, and more to care for your physical, mental, and emotional needs.

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What is Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, affecting 1 in 8 women in their lifetimes. There are several types of breast cancer depending on where the cancer starts, such as in the ducts or the lobes of the breast.

Thanks to years of research and support, breast cancer survival rates are high and personalized treatments are available for nearly every type of breast cancer.

Prevention & Screening

If you don't have a family history of breast cancer, you can lower your risk by maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding alcohol, and exercising regularly. If you have a family history of breast cancer, especially if your mother or sister has had breast cancer, talk to your doctor about screening options and genetic testing.

Beginning at age 50, you should receive a screening mammogram every two years to check for signs of breast cancer. However, if you have a family history of breast cancer, you might need to start mammograms at an earlier age.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast cancer is typically diagnosed after a mammogram (X-ray pictures of the breast) shows an abnormal area of cells. You will need additional tests to confirm your diagnosis and determine what types of breast cancer you have.

A breast biopsy uses a needle to take a small sample of breast cells. A pathologist will look at the breast cells under a microscope to diagnose cancer. You might also benefit from imaging tests like breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or positron emission tomography (PET) scans.

Breast Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer treatment is highly personalized today. Typically, you will have surgery to remove all (mastectomy) or part of your breast (lumpectomy). You might also have chemotherapy, which uses medicines to kill cancer cells, or radiation therapy, which uses radiation to kill cancer cells. If these treatments are not enough, targeted therapy or immunotherapy clinical trials might help.

Many women also benefit from hormone therapy. Some types of breast cancer use hormones to grow. Hormone therapy blocks the cells from getting these hormones, preventing cancer from coming back.

Life-saving cancer care, nearby in your community.

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