Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and today more treatment options exist than ever before.

At Intermountain Healthcare, a team of physicians and other healthcare professionals can counsel you on the full range of care options, answer questions and help you through steps you'll need to take.

You have a better chance of beating breast cancer if your doctor finds and treats it early. Regular breast cancer screening is the best way of detecting cancer early. From age 20 to 39, it is recommended that women get a clinical breast exam, performed by a doctor during an office visit, every three years. Starting at age forty, a yearly clinical breast exam is recommended. In addition, women are advised to have a mammogram once a year at this age.

Learn about Breast Cancer

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is cancer that begins in the breast. It is one of the most common types of cancer in American women. Doctors don't yet know what causes breast cancer. Once breast cancer occurs, cancer c...

What to Know About Your Treatment Choices for Breast Cancer

Researchers are continually finding ways to treat breast cancer. Women diagnosed with it now have more hope for survival than ever before. The choices that you have for treatment depend on these facto...

Tips for Feeling Your Best During Treatment for Breast Cancer

When you are being treated for breast cancer, it’s likely that you will have side effects from that treatment and, perhaps, also symptoms of the disease itself. For instance, the cancer itself can cau...

What Do You Know About Breast Cancer?

What Do You Know About Breast Cancer? Test your knowledge of breast cancer by taking this quiz. 1. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment. You didn't answer this question....

How to Perform a Breast Self-Examination?

What is a breast self-examination (BSE)? BSE is a procedure a woman can do to physically and visually examine her breasts and underarm areas for changes. It has not been shown that BSEs alone can accu...

Stages of Breast Cancer

What is staging of breast cancer? When breast cancer is diagnosed, tests will be done to find out if the cancer has spread from the breast to other parts of the body. This is called staging and is an ...

Genetics of Breast Cancer

Only a small percentage of cancers involve inherited mutations that are passed from generation to generation. The majority of cancers can be attributed to acquired mutations. “Acquired” means that the...

Surgery for Breast Cancer Treatment

How is surgery used in breast cancer treatment? Surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible is the primary treatment for breast cancer. Today, women have many surgical options. The type of sur...

How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed?

It is important to remember that a lump or other changes in the breast, or an abnormal area seen on a mammogram, may be caused by cancer or, more often, by other, less serious problems. To determine t...

BRCA

Does this test have other names? BRCA gene 1, BRCA gene 2, breast cancer susceptibility gene 1, breast cancer susceptibility gene 2 What is this test? This blood test checks for mutations in the BRCA1...

Mammogram Procedure

(Mammography, Breast X-ray) Procedure overview A mammogram is an X-ray examination of the breast. It is used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women who either have breast problems, such as a l...

Breast Health: Three-Step Plan for Preventive Care

The thought of having breast cancer is frightening to everyone, and especially devastating to women. However, ignoring the possibility that you may develop breast cancer or avoiding the processes to d...

Breast Biopsy

Procedure overview What is a breast biopsy? A biopsy is a procedure used to remove tissue or cells from the body for examination under a microscope. A breast biopsy is a procedure in which samples of ...

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

(MRI Scan of the Breast) Procedure overview What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio waves,...

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What is Endometrial Cancer?

Cancer happens when cells in your body go through changes that make them grow out of control. Endometrial cancer starts in the inner lining of the uterus called the endometrium. About the uterus The u...

Understanding Your Stage of Endometrial Cancer

Stage is the word doctors use to describe where the tumor is in your body and how far the cancer has spread. The stage defines the location or locations of the cancer. Doctors use the stage to describ...

Making the Decision to Have Chemotherapy for Endometrial Cancer

Chemotherapy is the use of cancer-fighting drugs given either as a pill or put directly into a vein. Although it is not commonly the first treatment used for endometrial cancer, your doctor may feel i...

Frequently Asked Questions About Uterine Cancer

Here are some answers to some of the more common questions people ask about uterine cancer. Q: What is the uterus? A: The uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ. It is located in a woman's pelvis betwe...

What Do You Know About Reproductive Cancers?

What Do You Know About Reproductive Cancers? Cancer can strike any part of the reproductive system, but research has led to better diagnoses, treatments, and a lower chance of death for many of these ...

If You are Diagnosed With Cancer: Questions for your doctor

Questions for your doctor: What kind of cancer do I have? Has it spread beyond where it started? What lab tests were completed, and what did they show? Do I need any additional lab tests or diagnostic...

What are the Symptoms of Cervical Cancer?

Women with precancerous lesions in their cervix usually have no symptoms. A woman typically does not have any symptoms until the cells turn into cancer and then grow and invade the deepest parts of th...

How Does My Doctor Know I Have Thyroid Cancer?

Sometimes, doctors will notice signs of thyroid cancer, such as a lump or swelling in your neck, during a routine checkup. If your doctor thinks you have thyroid cancer, he or she will ask you about y...

What Are the Symptoms of Kidney Cancer?

What are the symptoms of kidney cancer? Kidney cancer often causes no symptoms in its early stages. As the cancer grows, it can cause symptoms such as: Blood in the urine. Blood in the urine (hematuri...

Tests That Help Evaluate Liver Cancer

Once your doctor knows you have liver cancer, you may need other tests to see whether the cancer has spread outside of the liver. This allows doctors to determine the stage of the cancer and to design...

What is Esophageal Cancer?

To help you understand what is happening when you have cancer, it helps to understand how your body works normally. Our bodies are made up of tiny building blocks called cells. Normal cells grow and m...

How Does My Doctor Know I Have Gallbladder Cancer?

Cancer of the gallbladder is often hard to find. That’s partly due to its interior location. And it’s also because many people do not have any symptoms in the early stages of the disease. If you’re ha...

How Does My Doctor Know I Have Testicular Cancer?

If you have symptoms that could be caused by testicular cancer, your doctor will run a series of tests to find out. The symptoms of testicular cancer can also be signs of less serious problems. Inflam...

What is Penile Cancer?

The penis is part of the external male genitalia. It contains many types of tissue, including skin, nerves, smooth muscle, and blood vessels. The urethra, the tube through which urine and semen leave ...

What Are the Symptoms of Anal Cancer?

Sometimes anal cancer does not cause any symptoms at all. Bleeding from the rectum is the most common symptom of anal cancer. These are other symptoms: Pain or pressure in the anal area Itching around...

How Does My Doctor Know I Have Head and Neck Cancer?

When you go to the doctor with symptoms, he or she will get a full medical history and do a complete physical exam. The doctor will also do a thorough examination of your head and neck. The exam may i...

Understanding Cancer Tests

Doctors use tests like mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scans to help them screen for, diagnose, treat, and monitor cancer. If you have been diagnosed with c...

How Does My Doctor Find Oral Cancer?

Oral cancers may be found during routine dental or medical exams, or they may be brought to a doctor's attention if they start to cause symptoms. Your health care provider may check for signs of oral ...

Finding Out You Have Uterine Cancer

You’ve just been told, “You have uterine cancer.” That’s scary to hear. However, knowledge is powerful and can help make a difference in how you handle your experience with cancer. Every woman who has...

I've Just Been Told I Have Pancreatic Cancer

There are very few things scarier than being told you have cancer. You may feel like you’re in shock. You may not even want to believe what the doctor has told you. There are probably so many question...

I've Just Been told I Have Stomach Cancer

Few things are scarier than being told you have cancer. You may feel like you're in shock. You may not even want to believe what the doctor has told you. There are probably so many questions you want ...

Overview of Leukemias

What is leukemia? Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells — usually the white blood cells. Leukemic cells look different than normal cells and do not function properly. What are the different types of l...

Lymphomas

There are many types of lymphomas that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Hodgk...

Bone Cancers

There are many bone cancers that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Chondrosarc...

Diagnostic Procedures for Cancer: Overview

What are diagnostic procedures for cancer? When symptoms suggest cancer, your doctor may request or perform any of the following procedures to help diagnose it: A detailed medical history--family and ...

Ovarian Cancer

What are the ovaries? The ovaries are female reproductive organs located in the pelvis. There are 2 of them — 1 on each side of the uterus. The ovaries produce eggs and the female hormones estrogen an...

Facts About Skin Cancer

What are statistics? Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Because no 2 people are...

What is Bladder Cancer?

What is bladder cancer? Bladder cancer occurs when there are abnormal, cancerous cells growing in the bladder. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated 73,000 diagnosed cases of bladder cancer in 2...

What is Cancer?

What is cancer? Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer cells rapidly reproduce despite restriction of space, nutrients, or signals sent from the body to stop reproduction. Cancer cells are ofte...