Donate Now. People have known about breast cancer since ancient times. For most of that time, there were no effective treatments.
A diagnosis of breast cancer is traumatic. At one time, breast cancer could only be diagnosed when a tumor was big enough to see or feel. Now it can be recognized — and cured — far earlier, often before any symptoms have even appeared.
Breast cancer diagnostics, treatment, and prevention have come a long way since ancient Egyptian times. Check out the history of this common and, at least to early doctors, puzzling disease. Breast cancer is among the most well-known and researched cancers in the medical world today.
Women with close relatives who've been diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher risk of developing the disease. If you've had one first-degree female relative sister, mother, daughter diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk is doubled. If two first-degree relatives have been diagnosed, your risk is 5 times higher than average. If your brother or father have been diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk is higher, though researchers aren't sure how much higher.
Women diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher risk of getting a new breast cancer than women who have never had breast cancer [ ]. A new breast cancer is called a second primary breast cancer. Unlike a recurrence, which is the return of the first breast cancer, a second primary tumor is a new cancer unrelated to the first.
T he female breast has always been a symbol of beauty, fertility and femininity. In disease, however, it has challenged physicians since antiquity. Surgery, which ruled the roost for cancer therapy, inevitably caused disfigurement when the knife was applied to the breast.
Some people have a higher risk of developing breast cancer because of their family history. But what does this actually mean? We answer some of the most common questions about having a family history of breast cancer.
There is an increased risk of developing the disease associated with early menarche, a later menopause, and the absence or delay in childbearing, and pregnancy-associated breast cancer carries an elevated risk of mortality. In this Frontiers Research Topic we will discuss the biology behind these risk factors, and what is understood about how the breast functions during the periods of menarche, menstrual cycling, pregnancy and menopause. Do we know what causes the breast to be particularly sensitive to cancer-initiating agents at the time of menarche and menopause? Why is early menarche a more significant factor for risk compared to late menopause?
Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Risk factors for developing breast cancer include being female, obesitylack of physical exercise, drinking alcoholhormone replacement therapy during menopauseionizing radiationearly age at first menstruationhaving children late or not at all, older age, prior history of breast cancer, and family history. The balance of benefits versus harms of breast cancer screening is controversial.