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Breast cancer

Overview

What is breast cancer? Learn more about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and find treatment and prevention advice.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a general name for a variety of cancers that grow in breast tissue. Both men and women can get breast cancer, but it is far more prevalent in women.

Risk factors for breast cancer

The exact cause of breast cancer remains unknown although research has discovered a number of factors that can increase your risk of developing cancer of the breast.

Treating breast cancer

In days gone by, having a mastectomy was a pretty standard procedure for many women who were diagnosed with breast cancer. But what are the treatment options today?

Symptoms of breast cancer

One of the earliest symptoms of breast cancer is a lump in the breast - something that can be picked up when examining your own breasts. While the majority of breast lumps are non-cancerous, it is important to consult your doctor just to be safe!

Diagnosing breast cancer

Normally the primary (main) tumour has been found before surgery. Sometimes though a patient may have only enlarged lymph nodes which have been felt under the arm.

Preventing breast cancer

At the moment breast cancer cannot be prevented, but it can be diagnosed much earlier than before.

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Breast cancer expert

Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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