The 16th annual National Women's Health Week is celebrated May 10-16, 2015. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority and to learn about steps they can take to improve their health.
A disease that has touched the lives of millions of women and their families, breast cancer is one important women’s health issue. It is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. According to the American Cancer Society’s 2015 cancer statistics for the United States:
- About 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
- About 60,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is noninvasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 40,290 women will die from breast cancer.
A premier destination for comprehensive breast care, Hollings Cancer Center offers a number of services and treatments for breast cancer.
One treatment option for patients is partial breast irradiation, also known as limited-field radiation therapy. The most widely practiced method of partial breast irradiation is breast brachytherapy. At MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, this treatment is deployed with MammoSite technology. The therapy minimizes radiation exposure to healthy tissue, and the course of treatment is five days as opposed to six to seven weeks with the standard treatment method.
Contact us to learn more about the comprehensive breast care program at Hollings or test your knowledge with our breast cancer quiz.