Breast cancer forms in the tissues of the breasts. The most common form of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which forms in the milk ducts. Women get breast cancer far more than men, but men can develop it as well.
Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know
There is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer, but women should perform a monthly breast self-exam. Women older than age 40 should have an annual mammogram.
You are in capable and caring hands at The University of Vermont Cancer Center. Our program was one of the first in the country to develop a coordinated team approach to breast cancer treatment. This approach yields better treatment outcomes.
Your care will be led by knowledgeable and supportive patient navigators, guiding you through every aspect of your care from initial visits to post-operative care and follow-up.
Experienced, Trusted Expertise
The expert physicians and staff in our Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic are dedicated to providing you with superior care that is informed by the latest knowledge and up-to-date medical information.
Our nationally renowned physicians have developed new therapies that are not only in use here, but are making a difference in the lives of thousands of cancer patients around the world. Most of our doctors not only treat patients, they also train new generations of caring physicians as professors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and are engaged as scientists in a thriving cancer research program at the UVM Cancer Center.
What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer awareness peaks in October every year, but it is important to know your risk factors year round.
Several factors that can increase your risk of developing breast cancer include:
- Gender: females are more likely than males to develop breast cancer
- Age: the risk increases as you age
- Personal history of breast cancer: if you had breast cancer in one breast you may get it in the other
- Family history: mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer
- Inherited genes
- Radiation exposure: especially to the chest and if you were exposed early in life
- Starting your period before age 12
- Starting menopause after age 55
- Having your first child after age 35
- Taking postmenopausal hormone therapy
- Drinking alcohol
Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
The UVM Cancer Center's physicians offer unsurpassed knowledge and experience in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Also, the most powerful equipment in the hands of skilled professionals means the best care for you.
We treat on average 320 cases of breast cancer each year and are proud of our record of helping people throughout the region fight cancer. Our outcomes meet or exceed treatment being offered by our peers across the nation.
Learn more about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.