16 Common Cancers and How to Protect Against Them

Stay healthy by knowing the most common types of cancer and recommended screening tests (17 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on May 21, 2012 at 1:07PM

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a Arricca Elin SanSone on May 21, 2012 at 1:05PM

About 226,870 cases of invasive breast cancer and 63,300 cases of carcinoma in situ (a non-invasive early form of breast cancer) will be diagnosed this year, according to the American Cancer Society. About 2190 cases of breast cancer in men will also be diagnosed. It’s the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers.


Screening: Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year. Younger women should have a clinical breast exam by a healthcare provider at least every three years. For women at higher risk, such as having a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer, ask your doctor about adding screening tools such as MRI.


Symptoms: Know how your breasts normally look and feel. Report any lumps or bumps in your breasts, near your armpits or collar bone to your doctor immediately. Also, tell your doctor about other breast changes such as swelling, skin dimpling, nipple pain, discharge, redness, scaliness or the nipples turning inward.

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