Breast Cancer

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A diagnosis of breast cancer can be unsettling. Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center combines the latest research, advanced technologies and an integrated approach to customize breast cancer treatment for each of our patients.

What Is Breast Cancer?

In the United States, about 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among women.

Breast cancer is a disease where cells in the breast grow out of control. Most may start in the breast’s milk ducts; however, they can also start in glands and other tissues. Although not present in all breast cancer, finding a breast lump is the first symptom for many women. Anytime you find a lump or changes to your breast, you should talk to your doctor. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance for cure.

Who Gets Breast Cancer?

Most breast cancer occurs in women. Generally, your risk for breast cancer increases with age. If a close blood relative has had breast cancer, this may increase your risk of developing it as well. There are also lifestyle factors, like being overweight, sedentary lifestyle, and drinking alcohol, which increase a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer.

Comprehensive Breast Program

With Banner MD Anderson’s Comprehensive Breast Program, you have access to the best care possible from some of the nation’s leading breast health experts. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, Banner MD Anderson provides the highest levels of care, delivering effective medical treatments, compassionate support and helpful resources. Our caring staff is with you every step of the way.

Banner MD Anderson brings together a team of specialists to treat our breast cancer patients:

  • Radiologists focused solely on breast imaging
  • Medical oncologists specialized in breast cancer treatment
  • Breast surgeons
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Palliative care physician
  • Clinical nurse navigators
  • Oncology certified nurses
  • Social workers
  • Genetic counselors
  • Dietitians

We provide patients with the latest tools and resources to support them through diagnosis, treatment and recovery:

Learn More about Breast Cancer

What Causes Breast Cancer?

Some breast cancer risk factors cannot be controlled, like age and genetics. Other factors such as maintaining a healthy diet, limiting alcohol consumption and regular exercise can help reduce your risk.

Learn more about breast cancer causes, risk factors, and prevention.

What Are the Signs, Symptoms, and Types of Breast Cancer?

The first sign of breast cancer may include a lump or changes in the breast. However, symptoms vary from person to person, and different types of cancer present in different ways.

Learn more about breast cancer signs, symptoms, and types.

How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed?

In addition to annual screening mammograms, doctors may use other imaging exams and biopsies to diagnose breast cancer. Using these results, doctors will talk to you about your prognosis and treatment options.

Learn more about breast cancer tests, diagnosis, prognosis, and stages.

How Is Breast Cancer Treated?

Breast cancer treatment is based on your cancer diagnosis and stage. Many treatment plans include a combination of therapies, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and others.

Learn more about breast cancer treatment, side effects, and support.