Breast Cancer Questions and Answers

You might have questions about breast cancer, signs and symptoms, when to get a mammogram, and so much more. Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HealthONE and Susan G. Komen Colorado are your resources for providing answers to your questions. As the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall, nearly 260,000 women are diagnosed each year with breast cancer.

Whether it’s you, your mother, your sister, or a friend that hears those words, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HealthONE's family of hospitals and Susan G. Komen Colorado are here to provide you with information, physician referrals, and resources.

Susan G Komen for the Cure and Sarah Cannon

Susan G. Komen Colorado and HealthONE

Komen Colorado is dedicated to saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. In Colorado, 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This year, 3,840 women in Colorado will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 570 will die from the disease. Komen Colorado is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our community. Through signature events, Komen Colorado Race for the Cure®, Snowshoe for the Cure and the Pink Tie Affair along with other fundraising initiatives, Komen Colorado has invested $42 million in community breast health programs. Of the funds generated by the organization, 75 percent of net proceeds stays in Colorado and the remaining 25 percent supports life-saving national breast cancer research.

In 2016, Komen Colorado will award $1 million through a competitive grants program to provide safety-net breast cancer care for those in need. The grants support 18 breast health and breast cancer projects more than  50 Colorado locations that will be administered by 15 nonprofit hospitals, health care clinics, and community-based organizations.

The HealthONE family of hospitals is proud to partner with Komen Colorado in the Komen Race for the Cure®.

The Role of Genetics in Breast Cancer

Knowing your family history can have a dramatic impact in the risks of and potential treatment for breast cancer. Hear firsthand from an experienced genetic counselor what role genetics and family history play in the world of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Research and New Advances

Treatments for breast cancer have advanced dramatically in recent years. There are now many options for patients battling breast cancer to consider including clinical trials and immunotherapies. Let a nationally regarded medical oncologist share the latest advancements in breast cancer research and treatment with you through this informative, easy to digest video.

How to Lower Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Living a heathy lifestyle is just one of the many ways you can reduce your risk of breast cancer. Let the experts from HealthONE and Susan G. Komen Colorado help to identify the various tactics you can employ to reduce your risk of cancer.

Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Let the experts from HealthONE and Susan G. Komen Colorado help you better understand the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, as well as when and how often to get a mammogram. Mammograms save lives!

What to Ask Your Doctor

Hearing you have breast cancer is not a death sentence. Let the experts from HealthONE and Susan G. Komen Colorado identify the most important questions to ask your doctor post-diagnosis.

Breast Cancer Surgery

There are a host of options for breast cancer surgery these days. Let a skilled physician expert from HealthONE in partnership with Susan G. Komen Colorado guide you through the various possibilities.

Screening Recommendations:

Sarah Cannon recommends an annual mammogram screening for women ages 40-74. A woman’s decision to undergo screening should be made in consultation with her physician. Patients who are considered high-risk should consult their physician on when to begin screening.

There are varying recommendations on mammogram screening guidelines. Sarah Cannon’s recommendations center around the goal of catching cancers as early as possible, when less treatment is necessary for a better outcome. We also emphasize the importance of conducting screenings using digital mammography which produces clearer images, resulting in fewer false positives and unnecessary biopsies than film mammography.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor Post Cancer Diagnosis

  • What will be your doctor’s role during your cancer treatment?
  • How much experience does your doctor have treating this type of cancer?
  • What’s the stage of my cancer and what does that mean?
  • Will I need to undergo any additional testing before deciding on treatment?
  • What are my treatment options and what’s the goal of my treatment?
  • Should I consider genetic testing?
  • How will this cancer affect my family? Are there resources for them?
  • What are clinical trials and is there one that is appropriate for me?

Additional links from Susan G. Komen Colorado