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If you have breast cancer, you need more than just medical care. You need support and encouragement from health care professionals who understand your fears – and will help you overcome them. Mercy provides seamless breast cancer care in a compassionate environment, helping you on your journey to treatment and healing.
Breast cancer is caused by the abnormal growth of breast cells.
It can take several forms, and knowing the type you have helps Mercy doctors provide the most effective treatments.
Types of breast cancer include:
Although it’s rare, men can also develop cancer in their breast tissues. Less than 1% of breast cancer cases occur in men. For men, the lifetime risk for breast cancer is about 1 in 833.
Male breast cancer most often affects men between ages 60-70. And like women, men can have benign (not cancerous) breast conditions. Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common male breast cancer. Less-common types of male breast cancer include ductal carcinoma in situ, inflammatory breast cancer and Paget’s disease of the nipple—a rare cancer in the skin of the nipple and areola.
Normal breast cells become breast cancer when their DNA is damaged, causing abnormal cell growth.
Some DNA changes are inherited or passed on to you from your parents. But many of the DNA changes linked to breast cancer are acquired, meaning they take place during your life over time.
Certain risk factors are strongly linked to breast cancer. Women who have them are more likely than others to develop breast cancer.
Your risk for developing breast cancer increases if you have the following characteristics and conditions:
If you’re concerned about your risk of developing breast cancer, talk to your Mercy doctor.
Breast cancer affects people differently, and some don’t experience symptoms. Younger women may ignore symptoms, believing they’re too young to get breast cancer. This delays diagnosis and can lead to poorer outcomes.
All women should be aware of the warning signs associated with breast cancer. They include:
See your Mercy doctor or Mercy OB/GYN right away if you have any of these symptoms. Although other conditions may be the cause, it’s best to consult your Mercy provider.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of breast cancer, it can be overwhelming. Mercy is here to help with everything from diagnosis to treatment.
Learn about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment options.
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