Chances are, you know at least one person who has been personally affected by breast cancer. 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This year alone, nearly 300,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
And Breast cancer can impact men as well. About 3,000 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year.
These numbers serve as a reminder that awareness is key in empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their health.
Awareness as a Catalyst for Early Detection
Early detection is a crucial factor in the fight against breast cancer. Regular breast self-exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms can significantly improve survival rates. Yet, many women and men remain unaware of the importance of early screening.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, the significance of self-examinations, and the age-appropriate screening guidelines can save lives. Spreading knowledge about the importance of early detection empowers individuals to take control of their health and seek timely medical attention when necessary.
Mammography is the most common and widely used method for breast cancer screening. It involves taking X-ray images (mammograms) of the breast tissue to detect any abnormalities, such as tumors or calcifications.
It’s important to note that breast cancer screening recommendations may vary based on factors like age, individual risk factors, and the guidelines provided by different healthcare organizations. Women should discuss their specific screening plan with their healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate schedule and methods based on their unique circumstances. Early detection through regular screening is critical for improving the chances of successful treatment and survival in breast cancer cases.
In the realm of medical innovation, proton therapy has emerged as a cutting-edge treatment modality that holds immense promise in the battle against breast cancer.
Proton therapy is a precise form of radiation therapy that employs protons, which are positively charged particles, to irradiate cancer cells. Unlike traditional X-ray radiation, which penetrates the body and can damage healthy tissue on its path to the tumor, protons have a unique characteristic known as the Bragg peak. This feature allows proton therapy to deposit most of its energy precisely at the tumor site, minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissues and organs.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women globally. Traditional treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, and conventional radiation therapy, have significantly improved survival rates. However, they can be associated with side effects and long-term complications, such as damage to the heart and lungs, particularly in left-sided breast cancer cases.
Each breast cancer case is unique, and proton therapy offers unparalleled customization options. The precision of proton beams allows oncologists to design treatment plans that specifically target the tumor’s size, shape, and location.
One of the primary advantages of proton therapy for breast cancer is its ability to reduce the risk of long-term side effects. Traditional radiation therapy may cause damage to the heart and lungs, leading to increased risk of heart disease and pulmonary complications later in life. Proton therapy minimizes this risk by sparing these critical organs from unnecessary radiation exposure.
“Breast cancer survival rates have increased, but there are still side effect risks with treatment. This includes severe heart complications from radiation exposure,” said Dr. John Chang, Medical Director of the Oklahoma Proton Center, and a leading expert in the field of radiation oncology.
“Studies show that Proton therapy can reduce radiation to the heart for breast cancer patients up to 96% and reduce the risk of 2nd cancers by 38% versus other forms of treatment. For this reason, I often recommend proton therapy for breast cancer,”
For patients interested in learning more about proton therapy for cancer, Dr. John Chang recommends reaching out to the team at Oklahoma Proton Center.
“We have successfully treated thousands of patients with protons since the center opened in 2009. We encourage any patient or family member with questions to reach out to our team. We can provide an initial clinical review of a case within a few days and provide a recommendation on whether proton therapy is an option worth considering.”
Spreading awareness for breast cancer is a year-round commitment. It is about educating, supporting, and advocating for change in the fight against breast cancer. When we spread awareness, we empower individuals to take control of their health, provide a lifeline of support for those affected, and contribute to the ongoing efforts to find a cure.
For more information about proton therapy or to schedule a time to speak with a doctor, call Oklahoma Proton Center at (405) 773 – 6700 or visit their website at Oklahoma Proton Center.
OKLAHOMA PROTON CENTER
5901 West Memorial Rd
OKC, Oklahoma 73142