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Breast Cancer Defined:

Breast cancer can be defined as a cancerous growth that inhabits the tissues in the breast. In this type of cancer, the cells in the breast region grow abnormally and in an uncontrolled way. Though breast cancer is mostly found in women, in rare cases it is also found in men. In the U.S. alone one out of every eight women has this disease.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women and the second most common cause of cancer death for women in the U.S. While the majority of new breast cancers are diagnosed as a result of an abnormality seen on a mammogram, a lump or change in consistency of the breast tissue felt with the fingertips can also be a warning sign of the disease. Heightened awareness of breast cancer risk in the past decades has led to an increase in the number of women getting mammograms. Breast cancers are being detected in earlier stages and survival rates are going up. Still, breast cancer is the most common cause of death in women between the ages of 45 and 55. Although breast cancer is more common in women, it does occur in men. Male breast cancer accounts for about 1% of all cancer deaths in men.

Research has yielded much information about the risk factors and causes of breast cancer, and it is now believed that genetic and/or hormonal factors are the primary risk factors. Staging systems have been developed to allow physicians to characterize the extent to which a particular cancer has spread and to make decisions concerning treatment options. Breast cancer treatment depends upon many factors, including the type of cancer and the extent to which it has spread. Treatment options for breast cancer may involve surgery (removal of the cancer alone or, in some cases, mastectomy), radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, and/or chemotherapy.

We are working on putting together a comprehensive list of local, state and national level breast cancer websites where you can go to get more breast cancer information.

Local Resources

  • Plymouth Cancer Institute - Cancer patients have enough on their minds. The Plymouth Cancer Institute offers the latest treatments conveniently close to home, giving our patients access to leading health care and the peace of mind that comes with that experience. Our medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and specially trained nurses provide expert cancer care in a soothing and healing environment. Our team considers it a calling to provide the best care possible. To Contact Lois Carver, Oncology Patient Navigator, email ( or call 547-935-2262.

  • Saint Joseph Medical Center - Plymouth, Indiana

State Resources

  • Breast Cancer License Plates - The mission of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening and diagnosis throughout Indiana. On this site, you can find current and past programs funded through the sale of the breast cancer license plate as well as breast health resources. The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness license plate can be purchased online or at any Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) branch. Visit our website......

  • Our local connection to the Breast Cancer License Plates is its founder....Nancy Jaynes. Nancy was a Plymouth resident who after completing yet another treatment step in her journey with breast cancer, began concentrating on her idea about a unique way to spread the message of hope. She envisioned a vanity license plate that would serve as a moving billboard while raising money and public consciousness at the same time – a mobile reminder about the importance of early breast cancer detection and prevention. Go to the Indiana BMV website to get your Breast Cancer License Plate. 

  • Indiana Cancer Awareness Program 

National Resources is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information and community to those touched by this disease.

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