About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer starts when the cells inside the breast start to grow out of control. At some point, the cancer cells may spread to other parts of the body.

The most common way to screen for breast cancer is an X-ray examination of breast tissue called a mammogram.

If you have breast cancer, you should know that you are not alone. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, and – although researchers do not yet know why – the Pacific Northwest has the highest rate of breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer (lung cancer is the first).

You should also know that there is hope. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is leading the way in breast cancer treatment and research. With coordinated care teams, IntraBeam radiation therapy and expert surgeons, we are here to help you fight breast cancer. At OHSU, you also have the chance to participate in clinical trials (research studies) that can change the way doctors treat breast cancer, now and in the future. We are dedicated to reducing breast cancer in our state, region and country.

Women are not the only ones who can get breast cancer. Almost 2,000 men in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Although the numbers are much smaller, men with breast cancer receive the same advanced treatments and caring support at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, we are dedicated to dramatically reducing the number of breast cancer diagnoses in our state, region and country. We are also dedicated to helping you find the best treatment, personalized to meet your needs. We are here for you.

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