Breast Cancer Awareness Month – How to Reduce Your Cancer Risks Today

breast cancer awarenessDefining Breast Cancer

The National Cancer Institute estimates 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2019, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Breast cancer generally starts within the breast where cancer cells begin to grow and form a tumor. While most cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women, men can also develop breast cancer.

How to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risks

  1. Maintain good nutrition and a healthy body weight.
  2. Become more physically active.
  3. Discuss your family history of cancers with your doctor to determine if genetic counseling or testing may be needed.
  4. Annual mammography starting at 40 or 45 years of age, depending on risks.

Treatment with Proton Therapy

Some patients diagnosed with breast cancer require radiation treatment. Proton therapy may be an option for appropriate patients, often those with left-sided breast cancer requiring radiation near the heart, or patients who may have already received radiation. Proton therapy is a powerful and precise form of radiation which can reduce or avoid radiation to the heart in order to reduce the long-term risks of heart problems after radiation. Patients may be eligible to participate in an ongoing national clinical trial comparing x-ray beam radiation and proton therapy to determine if proton therapy will reduce risks of treatment.

Emory Proton Therapy Center

Our experienced physicians and specialists from Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and Emory Proton Therapy Center will work closely with you or a loved one to develop the most effective treatment plan with the fewest potential side effects. To learn more about proton therapy and Emory Proton Therapy Center, visit winshipcancer.emory.edu/proton.

Cancer patients, caregivers, or physicians with a patient needing consultation can schedule by calling 1-833-3PROTON (1-833-377-6866), where an Emory Proton Therapy Center professional will promptly respond to your phone call.

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