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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women and will be responsible for nearly 40,000 fatalities this year. The disease affects mostly women, but men can get it too.

Despite these statistics, breast cancer survival rates have increased in recent years thanks to earlier diagnosis, more effective and targeted treatments and a better understanding of the disease.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

The ACS has stated that simply being a woman is the main risk factor for getting breast cancer. Some other risk factors include aging, a family history and ethnicity.

While there is no definitive approach to preventing breast cancer, there are ways you can reduce your chances of getting the disease. Staying physically fit, maintaining a proper diet and limiting your alcohol consumption have all been linked to lowering a person's chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Drexel Cancer Care

Drexel Cancer Care utilizes the latest medical breakthroughs to treat all forms of cancer, including breast cancer. Our specialists are located centrally in Philadelphia, offering patients easy access to advanced cancer care, and are committed to providing patients with compassionate, comprehensive cancer treatment.

Drexel Cancer Care also provides patients with access to numerous support groups. These groups are offered free of charge to patients, families and caregivers.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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