Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the U.S. today. At CoxHealth, we're dedicated to women's health and we're committed to bringing the latest cancer treatment technologies to the Ozarks. We offer Mammosite®, the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment for the treatment of breast cancer. Mammosite offers convenience, shorter treatment time and fewer side effects, and preserves more breast tissue than traditional radiation therapy. 

One in seven women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and the disease accounts for 32 percent of all cancers that occur in women. Yet approximately 80 percent of all breast lumps are NOT breast cancer. Fewer than 1 percent of all breast cancers occur in men, and approximately 75 percent of women who develop breast cancer have NO significant risk factors. Following recommended screening guidelines and understanding common risk factors are the best ways to protect your health. 

Risk Factors 

Although 75 percent of women who develop breast cancer have no significant risk factors, there are things that may increase your risk, including:

  • Getting older
  • Your family history (you are two to three times more likely to develop breast cancer if your mother or sister has had breast cancer)
  • Previous breast cancer
  • Your diet (you are more likely to develop breast cancer if you are more than 20 percent above your ideal weight and a diet high in fat has been linked to increased risk
  • Your national origin (breast cancer occurs more often in women of North American and Northern European origin)
  • A long menstrual history (early onset and late menopause)
  • A late pregnancy late or never being pregnant (breast cancer occurs more often in women who have never been pregnant or whose first pregnancy occurred after the age of 30)
Factors that DO NOT seem to increase risk include injury to the breast, sexual stimulation and breastfeeding.

What is Fibrocystic Breast Condition? 

Fibrocystic breast condition may also be called fibrocystic disease, cystic disease, or chronic cystic mastitis. Fibrocystic changes are NOT cancer. These changes are related to the way the tissue of your breast responds to the estrogen and progesterone hormones in your body. Your milk glands and milk ducts respond to these hormones by becoming larger and retaining fluid. This fluid can become trapped and the pockets that develop are called cysts.

Breast Biopsy 

Stereotactic breast biopsy is a less invasive method of obtaining the tissue needed to diagnose breast disease. After a local anesthetic is placed in your breast, a small (1/4 inch) incision is made in the skin. Using digital image guidance, several small samples of tissue are removed from your breast with a thin needle. These tissue samples are used by the pathologist to evaluate breast changes. Ultrasound core biopsy is another minimally invasive method of obtaining the tissue needed to diagnose breast disease. After a local anesthetic is placed in your breast, a small (1/4 inch) incision is made in the skin. Using ultrasound image guidance, several small samples of tissue are removed from the breast with at thin needle. These tissue samples are used by the pathologist to evaluate breast changes.