Stages of Breast Cancer

Once a person has been diagnosed with breast cancer, their doctors will determine the stage of the cancer to express how far the disease has developed.  This staging is important because it helps to determine the best way to contain and treat the cancer.  Staging is based on a number of characteristics, such as tumor size, spread of the cancer,and how many lymph nodes are involved.  For more detailed information, the National Breast Cancer Foundation has a series of patient-friendly videos to help explain the staging process.

Introduction to Stages of Breast Cancer:



Stage 0-1:



Stage 2:



Stage 3:

Stage 3


Stage 4:

Stage 4

Breast Cancer in Men

Did you know that men can develop breast cancer?  Breast cancer can occur in men, although it is rare.  Less than 1% of all breast cancers are in men.   Men at any age may develop breast cancer, but it is usually detected (found) in men between 60 and 70 years of age.  For more from the National Breast Cancer Foundation please follow the link below.



Risk factors for breast cancer in men include the following:

  • Being exposed to radiation
  • Having a disease linked to high levels of estrogen in the body, such as cirrhosis (liver disease) or certain genetic disorders
  • Having several female relatives who have had breast cancer, especially relatives who have alterations in the BRCA-2 gene (a gene that increases risk for breast cancer)

Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola. Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.

Last Day to Sign up for Butler’s Breast Cancer Screening Event

Are you or your spouse due for your regularly scheduled breast cancer screening? The St. Vincent Mobile Mammography unit will be on campus, Monday, November 3rd from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   You can schedule this annual recommended screening and avoid the inconvenience of having to visit an off-site doctor’s office.  Today is the last day that you can register! Pre-registration is required and can be completed at the link below.

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This screening is available to all eligible Butler University faculty and staff and their spouses.  Students are also welcome to register if they meet the eligibility criteria.  If interested, please contact for further information and eligibility criteria.  Registration deadline is TODAY!

How does ethnicity affect breast cancer?

The rate of women getting breast cancer and/or dying from breast cancer varies by race and ethnicity.  Most recent data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the American Cancer Society show that Caucasian women are most likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer.  African-American women, however, are most likely to die from breast cancer.  The graphs below illustrate the most recent data provided from the CDC.



Although white women have higher rates of postmenopausal breast cancer compared to Africa-American women, African-American women have higher rates of premenopausal breast cancer. This may be due, in part, to differences in prevalence rates of some reproductive factors related to breast cancer risk. For example, compared to white women, African-American women tend to have an earlier age at first period, more lifetime periods and higher blood estrogen levels.

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Breast Cancer Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease, such as breast cancer.  Different cancers may have different risk factors.  These risk factors do not tell us everything, and having one or more risk factors does not mean a woman will develop breast cancer.  Some risk factors for breast cancer cannot be changed while others can be modified or reduced through healthy lifestyle choices.  The video below reviews some of the data associated with a few of these risk factors.

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The American Cancer Society’s website has additional information on some of the most common risk factors associated with breast cancer.  You may find more information at


Causes of Breast Cancer

If you or a friend or family member have been told you have breast cancer, it is natural to wonder what may have caused the disease.  Unfortunately, no one knows the exact cause of breast cancer.  Scientists have done extensive research to identify different causes, but we seldom know why one person develops breast cancer and another does not.  We do know that breast cancer is caused by damage to a cell’s DNA.  We also know that there are certain patient characteristics and risk factors that may increase someone’s likelihood of developing breast cancer.  For more information and a brief video from the national breast cancer foundation, please visit the link below.



Be sure to log-on to our blog tomorrow for a closer look at some of the potential risk factors related to breast cancer.