Understanding breast cancer
It is estimated that one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection of breast cancer is key. Finding cancer before it spreads generally provides more treatment options.
Early breast cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms, which is why regular breast exams and mammograms are so important. This approach has been shown to save lives. The survival rate in breast cancer diagnosed at an early stage has been documented 93% or higher in the first five years. This is compared to 27% for those diagnosed with an advanced stage breast cancer.
Early Detection Starts With You
Know the Symptoms of Breast Cancer
If you experience these symptoms, see your primary care doctor and ask for an evaluation. Common breast cancer symptoms include:
- Skin irritation or dimpling
- Nipple pulling inward
- Breast or nipple pain
- Lump or mass in breast
- Lump or mass in armpit
- Redness or scaliness
- Thickened skin
- Nipple discharge
Lifestyle Risk Factors
There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, but there are ways to decrease your risk. There are several modifiable risk factors based on lifestyle choices or exposure that may increase your risk for developing cancer. Healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. Some lifestyle or exposure risk factors associated with breast cancer include
- Lack of Exercise
- Late or No Children
- Not Breastfeeding
- Hormonal Birth Control
- Hormone Therapy
Early detection starts with you
Prevention and Screening
More than ever, patients are taking a proactive approach to their breast health. At our Breast Screening and Prevention Clinic, we help women - and men - assess their risk and weigh their decisions for care. For more information or to make an appointment at the Breast Screening and Prevention Clinic.
Assessing your risk
What is a Risk Factor?
A risk factor is based on genes, lifestyle choices, conditions or exposure that may increase your risk for developing cancer. There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, but there are ways to decrease your risk. Healthy lifestyle choices and even preventive surgery can help you prevent breast cancer.
General risk factors
- Being a woman
- Getting older
- Certain inherited genes
- Age of first period
- Age of menopause
- Family history
Lifestyle risk factors
- Drinking Alcohol
- Being overweight or obese
- Lack of Physical Exercise
- Not having children or having children later in life
- Not breastfeeding
- Birth control
- Hormone therapy after menopause
Evaluating your health
Your Care Starts with Screening
Screening is your greatest weapon against breast cancer by improving your chances of finding cancer early on when it is easier to treat. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly screening for all as early as 40.
Your screening exams may include:
- Dense-breast program
- Breast MRI
- Breast exams
Convenient, comfortable and fast
Regularly Scheduled Mammograms
As the regional leader in comprehensive breast care, all Baptist Health locations offer digital mammograms. The Margaret and Robert Hill Breast Center at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center offers digital, 3D imaging and minimally invasive procedures.
To take the stress out of your visit, our breast health services are designed to be quick, convenient and supportive. Locations for our breast health services were designed with your comfort and privacy in mind. With digital mammography, the procedure can be done quickly – something our patients appreciate. We offer mobile and free options as well so that it's easier than ever to prioritize your health.
Pink Ribbon Jax
Pink Ribbon Jax and Baptist Health are providing 1,400 no-cost mammograms to qualified community members.
To improve access to mammograms, Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center and First Coast News partnered together to create the Buddy Bus for mobile mammography.
Breast Cancer Clinic
Within our specialized clinics we bring together our team of experts to care for you - mind, body and spirit - all under one roof. Each of our clinics are singularly focused on your specific needs and treatment.
Need Directions? The breast cancer clinic is located in the main Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center on Floor 7 of our cancer center.
For screening and prevention, services are located across the street:
For whatever step is next,
Baptist MD Anderson is Here for You
Our team of experts are ready to help you navigate the whirlwind of emotions, options and decisions through every aspect of your care.
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Care for your mental, spiritual health, too.
I had the most wonderful help, care and support from everybody there. The entire team takes the time to answer your questions and to just sit with you.
After finishing her radiation treatments, Joanie shares her patient perspective on the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center.