Mastectomy is a surgical procedure that is done to treat breast cancer. In this procedure, the affected breast is removed. Sometimes other tissues near the breast are also removed. A mastectomy procedure is sometimes performed to prevent cancer from developing in women who are at a high risk for breast cancer.
Breast cancer stage is an easy and efficient way of knowing the extent of your breast cancer within the body. After the stage of the cancer is known, the doctor can plan the treatment that is most appropriate for your case. It is also an important factor in determining prognosis of the cancer. Prognosis of cancer is better for earlier stages of a cancer. Later or advanced stages do not have a good prognosis.
When your doctor tells that you have breast cancer, the natural reaction is that you wonder what would have caused the disease. No one knows what the exact cause is. Doctors don’t know why one woman gets breast cancer while other does not. He or she cannot point to a particular confirmed cause. We only know that it is caused due to the damage to a cell's DNA.
Breast cancer is generally thought of as a cancer that affects only women. This idea is however wrong. Men can also get it though it is rare in men. It develops in the small amount of breast tissue of men behind their nipples.
Breast cancer is generally found after symptoms appear, but in many cases, breast cancer has no symptoms in the early stages. This is why a regular breast cancer examination and screening is important.
Breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage during screening. But if the breast cancer is diagnosed when you already have symptoms, it may be a later stage and may require a different treatment that that of the early stage cancer.