Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer is the disease many women fear the most. It is the second most common cancer among women, with about 192,000 new cases each year. It remains the leading cause of death of women between ages 40 and 55. While known primarily as a woman’s disease, men also develop breast cancer.

The good news is that survival rates today are higher than ever due to advances in diagnosis and treatment. At the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, emphasis is placed on screening for early detection, more effective and less toxic therapies, patient education, and research that explores the causes, biology and behavior of the condition for future prevention and treatment strategies.

The Breast Care Center works to heal the whole person, both your physical and emotional being. We provide services including individual counseling and support groups that focus on every stage that you and your family may experience, where patients share their stories.

Early breast cancer usually doesn’t cause pain. In fact, when breast cancer first develops, there may be no symptoms at all. But as the cancer grows, it may cause changes that you should watch for:

  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
  • A change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Nipple discharge or tenderness, or the nipple pulled back (inverted) into the breast
  • Ridges or pitting of the breast, making the skin look like the skin of an orange
  • A change in the look or feel of the skin of the breast, areola or nipple such as warmth, swelling, redness or scaliness
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.