Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the library wants to bring your attention to the disease and its characteristics. Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. When breast cancer is detected early, at a localized stage, the survival rate is 98%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms. Currently doctors have determine that women should schedule their first mammogram by the end of their 40’s or early 50’s. Breast cancer can be diagnosed through multiple tests, including a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy, yet the first option should be the mammogram unless a doctor has suggested otherwise.
Once a person is determined to have a malignant tumor or the diagnosis of breast cancer, the healthcare team will determine breast cancer staging to communicate how far the disease has progressed. Types of breast cancer include ductal carcinoma in situ, invasive ductal carcinoma, inflammatory breast cancer, and metastatic breast cancer. There is a lot of misinformation out there. Make sure you know the facts about breast cancer. To learn more ask your doctor or check out the National Breast Cancer Foundation website at: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/.
By: Alydia Sims
Acquisitions and Cataloging