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Breast Cancer Awareness

Dr Sylvia Rodrigues
Oncologist

Contact details:
T: 011 869 7336
E: reception@rodonc.co.za

Physical address:
2nd floor, West Wing
Medimix at Newmarket
1 Riboville Street
Newmarket Park Extension 15
Alberton, 1449

Breast cancer is a disease in which abnormal breast cells grow and form tumours. These tumours may spread throughout the body and become fatal. Thus, checking is vital.

What is the key to successful treatment of breast cancer?

Finding breast cancer early is the key to successful treatment of breast cancer.

Are most breast lumps cancer?

Most breast lumps are not cancer, but it is important to see a healthcare provider about any changes noticed in the breasts.

Who is at risk?

Breast cancer is more common in women older than 55 years of age, but women or men of any age can develop breast cancer.

What percentage of breast cancers are hereditary?

5-10% of breast cancers are hereditary.

What is the name of the most common gene that when mutated increases the risk of breast cancer?

BRCA1 and BRCA2

How often should women have mammograms?

Mammograms are important to detect breast cancer early.  Starting at the age of 40 years, women should have a mammogram every year.

What are some of the treatments for breast cancer?

Breast cancer can be treated with:

  • surgery
  • radiation therapy
  • hormonal therapy
  • immunotherapy
  • chemotherapy

More than one type of treatment is often used.

What is the most common cancer in humans?

The most common cancer in all humans is skin cancer.

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