According to the American Cancer Society, in 2013 an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among women, as well as an estimated 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed this year (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer). Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free lecture to teach how treatment of the disease has evolved over time.
Join Grace Suh, M.D., clinical associate at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, for a discussion – Treatment of Breast Cancer – on how the occurrence of breast cancer has changed over time and on new therapies currently being used to treat the disease. This free program will be held Tuesday, March 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Pavilion A, New Lenox. Register to attend at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).
“A majority of breast cancer cases can be cured when found and treated at an early stage, so regular mammogram screenings are very important,” said Dr. Grace Suh, hematology and oncology physician, with the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.
Risk Factors & Prevention
Risk factors for breast cancer include older age, specific inherited genetic alterations, hormone therapy, having radiation therapy to the chest, consuming alcohol, and being overweight. It may be possible to decrease the risk of breast cancer by getting exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.
Treating Breast Cancer
“When breast cancer is diagnosed, our physicians develop a treatment plan that is individualized to the patient,” said Dr. Suh. “Thanks to the latest medical and surgical approaches that we offer, many women with the disease have an excellent chance of being cured. We treat even the most resistant tumors with a range of treatments–some of which aren’t available at many other medical centers.”