What We Do
About Breast Cancer
The future is looking bright in terms of strategies to improve the early diagnosis of breast cancer as well as to treat it more effectively. New imaging technologies are on the horizon to detect cancer early. New treatment strategies are being implement that improve the effectiveness of treatment and have fewer side effects. Now, however, is not the time to be complacent.
To maximize the progress that is being made in the medical care of breast cancer, women must do their part in terms of committing to early detection efforts. Significant reductions in mortality and costs of care could be achieved if women were to consistently follow early detection guidelines. The goal of Be Aware is that ensure that if breast cancer is in a women’s future that she does everything in her power to detect it early so that she has the maximum chance for survival.
Early Detection Guidelines
The Mission and Goals of the Be Aware Foundation are accomplished through community education. We reach out to the community through corporate worksites, organizations, churches, shelters, schools, and other public and private resources.
Below are our Early Detection Guidelines we recommend all women follow:
- Breast Self-Exam
- Mammography Guidelines
- Physician Exam
- Second Opinion
Common Breast Problems
There are two common problems that bring women to see their physician:
1. Breast Pain
2. Breast Lumps
Breast pain is the most common symptom that brings women to their physician. In general, there are two common presentations of breast pain: cyclic and noncyclic. Breast pain is especially common in younger, pre-menopausal women. Approximately 10% of the women who see their health care provider for breast pain describe it as being severe. Fortunately, the vast majority of patients with breast pain do not have breast cancer. Read More…
Evaluation of a new breast lumps is one greatest challenges physicians face in caring for women with breast concerns. Breasts are by nature lumpy, and this lumpiness is accentuated with hormonal stimulation, as occurs with the menstrual cycle and with hormone replacement therapy. Most lumps are not cancer, but if a lump is a cancer, it is imperative to make the diagnosis as soon as possible. Read More…
Find out about more about Clinical Conditions such as; Nipple Discharge, Paget’s Disease, Inflammatory Conditions of The Breast, Locally Advanced Breast Cancer, Male breast Cancer and Gynecomastia, Lymphedema, and Angiosarcomas.