Cancer

Cancer Facts

Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer cells may be shaped differently from healthy cells, do not function the way healthy cells do, and can spread to many areas of the body rapidly. Read the Cancer Overview ›

About Breast Cancer in Men

Breast cancer in men is rare - less than 1 percent of all breast carcinomas occur in men. Consider the latest statistics available from the American Cancer Society:

  • The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009 some 1,910 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men in the US.

  • Breast cancer is about 100 times more common among women.

  • Estimates for 2009 also indicate that there will be more than 40,610 deaths from breast cancer in the US (40,170 women, 440 men).

  • The average age at diagnosis is 67, although men of all ages can be affected with the disease.

Know the Signs, Symptoms and Causes of Breast Cancer in Men

Bone Marrow Transplantation

Bone marrow transplant (BMT) is a special therapy for patients with certain cancers or other diseases. A bone marrow transplant involves taking cells that are normally found in the bone marrow (stem cells), filtering those cells, and giving them back either to the patient or to another person. The goal of BMT is to transfuse healthy bone marrow cells into a person after their own unhealthy bone marrow has been eliminated.

Bone marrow transplant has been used successfully to treat diseases such as leukemias, lymphomas, aplastic anemia, immune deficiency disorders, and some solid tumor cancers since 1968.

Bone marrow is the soft, spongy tissue found inside bones. It is the medium for development and storage of most of the body's blood cells.

How Bone Marrow Transplantation Works

Prevention

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has declared war on skin cancer by recommending these three preventive steps to reducing your risk of skin cancer. Here's How to Lower Skin Cancer Risk ›

Prepare for Your Appointment

With just 13 minutes on average to meet with your doctor, pre-visit planning is important to your overall care experience. Get better results by following the ABCs of doctor visits: Arrive early. Be prepared. Communicate. Your doctor appreciates the active role you are taking in your health. Search HealthGrades for Top Rated Local Oncologists ›

Decision Guides for Cancer Symptoms

Colon cancer doesn't develop overnight. It takes years to decades for normal cells that line the lower intestine to transform into cancer. Before the emergence of full-blown cancer, these cells must first evolve into growths called polyps. Screening for colon cancer works by detecting and removing these polyps before they become deadly. Begin Your Colon Cancer Screening ›

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