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Understanding breast cancer

Providing the information and tools you need to support your breast health. Providing leading-edge breast cancer care.

Providers treating breast cancer

Breast cancer risk factors

As we age, we are sometimes at a greater risk for certain diseases, like breast cancer. Detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages can make it easier to treat. That is why after the age of 30, you should talk to your health care provider about when you should begin getting mammograms and how often you should be screened. A mammogram can detect a problem, regardless of whether you have any risk factors or not. If you do have risk factors associated with an increased incidence of breast cancer, this does not necessarily mean you will develop breast cancer. In fact, 70 to 80 percent of women with breast cancer have no risk factors at all.

“Thanks to the mammography, the early detection and the team at Beacon, I’m happy to say I’m cancer-free.” – Finess, breast cancer patient


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Learn more about breast cancer

As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Beacon has access to not only an informational Health Library where you can read about breast cancer symptoms, risk factors, causes, prevention and more, but your Beacon provider can also consult with a Mayo Clinic breast cancer expert for a second opinion or to help develop a treatment plan.

You might also be interested in Genetic Counseling at Beacon. This process can identify your cancer risks and that of your family.  Learn more.

Learn More About Breast Cancer 

You are unique. So is your treatment plan.

No human body is exactly the same as another. Not all cancers are the same, either. That is why we tailor your treatment plan for breast cancer to your situation.

We treat all types and stages of breast tumors, both pre-cancerous and cancerous. Treatment may include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy as part of your plan. It all depends on the specific details of your case.

Beacon offers advanced treatment, including targeted therapies that attack specific targets and spare healthy tissues. Our multidisciplinary team will handle your treatment. Learn more about:

Continuing care

When you have breast cancer, your entire body is affected. That is why we provide support and resources to treat any and all symptoms you experience. Following treatment, you may find your appetite or nutritional needs have changed. You may have unexpected pain and need helping managing day to day. Or you may need reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy. Talk to your provider about these services.

Why choose Beacon?

If you are diagnosed with cancer, our care team will review your test results with you and work collaboratively to develop a treatment plan that is best for you.

Your team may include:

  • surgeon
  • medical oncologist
  • radiation oncologist

The process:

  • During your consultation, you’ll be able to ask questions and discuss your concerns as you talk through your plan of care with your oncologist.
  • Your Beacon provider can also arrange for a second opinion through Mayo Clinic at no charge.

Identify risk:

If you have an increased risk for breast cancer, our genetic counselor can meet with you to discuss your risks.

Educational resources:

We understand that cancer affects more than just your body. That’s why we also offer educational resources and support groups to help you and your family during your cancer journey.

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