About breast cancer
Breast cancer is often thought of as a disease that affects women, however, it also occurs in men. At Calaway·Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO, our board-certified cancer team is highly trained and skilled in treating breast cancer for both female and male patients. We understand that being diagnosed with breast cancer is scary, and we are here to do everything we can to provide you with the care you need and deserve. Our team of medical professionals will personally sit down with you and your family to walk you through your treatment process step-by-step. Call Calaway·Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO to set up a private consultationation today. We are here to help.
Types of breast cancers
There are two main types of breast cancers: female and male. Within these two categories, there are subtypes:
- Female breast cancers: ductal, lobular, inflammatory, and angiosarcoma
- Male breast cancers: ductal carcinoma, lobular carcinoma, Paget's disease
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer. The chances of men being diagnosed with breast cancer are much less with a one in 1,000 chance.
The exact cause of breast cancer is unclear, however, we do know that it occurs when a small number of breast cells become abnormal and begin dividing more rapidly than healthy cells. This phenomenon often results in a tumor or lump within the breast tissue. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer often starts within the cells of the milk ducts. Risks factors, such as advanced age, having a personal or family history of breast cancer, and inherited genes can increase the chances of breast cancer.
Common signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:
- A lump or thickening of the breast tissue
- Changes in the size, shape, or appearance of a breast
- Changes in the skin or nipple of the breasts, such as scaling, redness, flaking, or dimpling
- Abnormal discharge from the nipples
Calaway·Young Cancer Center offers a variety of treatment options for men and women with breast cancer. Our radiation cancer team creates a personalized treatment plan for every patient that may include medical and radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and scalp cooling therapy to help reduce chemotherapy-induced hair loss. When developing your treatment plan, our cancer team will consider the type and stage of your cancer, your general health, and personal preferences. Each treatment option presents its own risks and benefits.
At Calaway·Young Cancer Center we offer state-of-the-art treatment for men and women who are battling breast cancer. If you or your loved one has been recently diagnosed, we invite you to contact our practice to learn more about our treatment options for breast cancer. We are here to serve you.