EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
- Free cancer screenings at Vidant Medical Center – CLICK HERE for details
- Ride for the Ribbon Virtual Ride 100 miles anywhere, anytime October 1-31. CLICK HERE for details
- Carteret Cancer Crew Fishing Tournament on October 24th in Morehead City – CLICK HERE for details
- 12th Annual Breast Cancer Ride on October 24th in New Bern – CLICK HERE for details
- Beaufort Firefighters selling pink t-shirts for breast cancer research – CLICK HERE for details
- Morehead City police officers take part in breast cancer awareness campaign – CLICK HERE for details
- Got anything to add? CLICK HERE to send us an email!
- Breast Cancer Support Group of Eastern North Carolina
- Carolina East Health System
- Vidant Health
- Southeastern Medical Oncology Center
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2020, it’s estimated among women in the U.S. there will be*:
- 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancer, but not recurrences of original breast cancers.)
- 48,530 new cases of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a non-invasive breast cancer
- 42,170 breast cancer deaths
In 2020, it’s estimated among men in the U.S. there will be*:
- 2,620 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancers, but not recurrences of original breast cancers.)
- 520 breast cancer deaths
*American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2020. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2020.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast divide and grow without their normal control. Tumors in the breast tend to grow slowly. By the time a lump is large enough to feel, it may have been growing for as long as 10 years. Some tumors are aggressive and grow much faster.
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a non-invasive breast cancer. With DCIS, the abnormal cells are contained in the milk ducts (canals that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple openings during breastfeeding). It’s called “in situ” (which means “in place”) because the cells have not left the milk ducts to invade nearby breast tissue. You may also hear the terms “pre-invasive” or “pre-cancerous” to describe DCIS. Although DCIS is non-invasive, without treatment, it can develop into invasive breast cancer.
Learn about DCIS and the risk of invasive breast cancer.
Learn about treatment for DCIS.
The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women.
The most common signs are:
- A change in the look or feel of the breast OR
- A change in the look or feel of the nipple OR
- Nipple discharge
If you have any of the warning signs described, see a health care provider. If you don’t have a provider, one of the best ways to find a good one is to get a referral from a trusted family member or friend. If that’s not an option, call your health department, a clinic or a nearby hospital. If you have insurance, your insurance company may also have a list of providers in your area.
Learn more about finding a health care provider.
For more information, tools, resources, and to donate to help end breast cancer, click here visit the Susan G. Komen Foundation web site.
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