If you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, you can count on Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute to be at your side. We offer the most up-to-date therapies and support services you need to move forward with confidence.

Your Personal Breast Cancer Team

Our breast cancer treatment program offers a compassionate approach to care delivered in an environment that promotes healing and wellness. You can expect:

  • A team of experts: Including breast imaging specialists, medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons specializing in breast cancer and breast reconstruction, allied health professionals, patient navigators, genetic counselors, social workers and other breast cancer experts at the top of their fields.
  • A personalized treatment and follow-up plan: Get a care plan tailored to the type and stage of your breast cancer, as well as your personal goals, age and general health.
  • Advanced breast imaging: Including digital and 3D mammography, breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and ultrasound. Miami Cancer Institute has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
  • Breast reconstruction: Choose from options that can often be done immediately after breast cancer surgery or later, depending on your wants and needs.
  • A patient navigation program: Patient navigators help streamline and manage your care so you can focus on getting better.
  • An attentive survivorship program: To give you peace of mind, we monitor and treat any potential recurrence of breast cancer. We help manage side effects and ensure that you and your family have access to all the resources you need.
  • Boutique services: Receive personal attention to help you look and feel your best during treatment and beyond.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer affecting American women. Thanks to modern therapies, breast cancer is highly treatable, especially when found early.

Cancer occurs when cells in the body grow uncontrollably. These cells can form a tumor that may live in nearby tissues or break away and create new tumors in other parts of the body.

Most breast cancers develop in the breasts’ milk ducts, but it can also start in the milk glands (lobules) or other areas. Although breast cancer is far more common in women, it can also appear in men. Miami Cancer Institute treats all types of breast cancer in both men and women.

Medical illustration of anatomy of the female breast.

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Types of breast cancer

Breast cancer can start in different parts of the breast and can be made up of different kinds of breast cancer cells. Physicians categorize breast cancer by the following:

  • Where the cancer started
  • The types of cancer cells
  • How sensitive it is to the hormones estrogen and progesterone
  • The levels of certain proteins that can affect cancer growth (such as HER2)
  • Other factors

By learning about a tumor’s specific characteristics, our team can tailor a treatment plan just for you. At Miami Cancer Institute, we treat several types of breast cancer.

  • Ductal carcinoma starts in the milk ducts, which are tubes that carry milk from the breast to the nipple. It’s the most common kind of breast cancer. Most ductal carcinoma spreads to tissue outside the milk duct and can spread to other parts of the body. When it spreads, it’s called invasive ductal carcinoma or infiltrating ductal carcinoma.

    Image of Ductal Carcinoma in Breast

  • Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and aggressive type of cancer that needs to be treated quickly. The cancer cells block lymph vessels in the breast, which can cause the breast to become red and swollen. Inflammatory breast cancer tends to happen at a younger age.

  • Lobular carcinoma begins in the lobules, or milk glands, of the breast. Noninvasive lobular carcinoma rarely spreads outside the breast. But invasive lobular carcinoma — the second most common type of breast cancer — can spread to surrounding tissue and through the blood and lymph systems to other parts of the body.

  • Triple-negative breast cancer can be more aggressive and tends to happen at a younger age. Triple-negative breast cancer typically does not respond well to hormonal therapies or HER2-specific treatments, but there are plenty of other treatment options available.

  • Paget’s disease of the breast, also called Paget’s disease of the nipple, is rare. It affects the nipple and the dark circle around it called the areola. This disease can cause skin irritation, itchiness, redness or flakiness. Most people with Paget’s disease of the breast also have another form of cancer inside the breast.

  • Fewer than one percent of breast cancer cases occur in men. Most breast cancer in men is ductal carcinoma. Because men don’t get mammograms and may not be aware of breast cancer risk, they tend to get diagnosed at later stages.

  • 1 in 8

    U.S. women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • 297,790

    New cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in U.S. women in 2023.
  • 2,800

    New cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in U.S. men in 2023.

Understand Your Risk of Breast Cancer

About 85 percent of breast cancers are sporadic, meaning no specific cause can be identified. Still, it is important to know your family’s history of breast cancer and begin regular screening mammograms starting at age 40.

By being aware of your risk factors, you can increase the chance of catching breast cancer early. If you have a higher cancer risk, there are steps you can take to protect yourself, such as getting regular mammograms or considering genetic testing.

  • Although breast cancer affects people of all ages, most women who get it are older than 50, and most men who get it are older than 60.

  • More than 99 percent of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women.

  • If you’ve had breast cancer, your risk for getting it again is slightly higher. However, newer treatments can lower the risk of a second breast cancer.

  • Most people who get breast cancer have no family history of the disease. But about 10 percent of breast cancer cases are hereditary. You may be two to three times more likely to develop breast cancer if your mother, sister or daughter has had the disease.

    Many, but not all, cases of hereditary breast cancer are linked to mutations in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. If you have a family history of breast cancer, we may recommend genetic testing to determine your risk and create a plan for prevention and early diagnosis.

  • Five percent of breast cancer cases are linked with mutations (damage to your DNA) in the genes BRCA1, BRCA2 and PALB2. These mutations are sometimes inherited, but not always.

    The BRCA genes and the PALB2 gene normally function as caretaker genes. They help cells repair their DNA when it becomes damaged. Most people have two normal copies of these genes, which means they are at a lower risk of developing breast cancer than those with a mutation.

    Women with a BRCA mutation also have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Men with BRCA mutations may be at an increased risk of developing male breast cancer and prostate cancer. PALB2 mutations are also linked with pancreatic cancer.

    Miami Cancer Institute can provide genetic testing and counseling to help you find out whether you and your relatives have these mutations. You and your relatives might benefit from genetic testing and counseling if:

    • Multiple members of your family have had breast cancer, ovarian cancer or other types of cancer.
    • You were diagnosed when you were younger than 50.
    • You have had breast cancer in both breasts.
    • Your breast cancer is triple negative.

  • If you had your first period before age 12 or went through menopause after age 55, your risk of breast cancer is slightly higher.

  • Some noncancerous breast conditions can increase the future likelihood of breast cancer.

  • If you had your first baby after the age of 30 or have never had children, you’re at a slightly higher risk of breast cancer than women who gave birth before age 30.

  • Using some birth control pills can raise your risk of breast cancer very slightly. The increased risk disappears about a decade after you stop taking them. However, oral birth control may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.

  • Using certain hormone replacement therapies after menopause slightly raises your risk of breast cancer. This added risk disappears about three to five years after you stop taking the hormones. The greatest risk is associated with combination hormone replacement therapy, which uses both estrogen and progestin, instead of estrogen alone.

  • Extra weight can increase your risk of breast cancer. It also increases the possibility that breast cancer will return after treatment, particularly after menopause. Being overweight means you have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher. Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or higher.

  • If you had radiation therapy to the chest or breasts before age 30, you may have a higher risk of getting breast cancer later in life.

How to Prevent Breast Cancer

Because many of the risk factors for breast cancer are out of your control, the most important thing you can do is get regular mammograms beginning at age 40 (or earlier if your doctor recommends it). Mammograms cannot prevent cancer, but they can detect it long before you can feel a lump. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.

A healthy lifestyle may help prevent breast cancer and many other diseases. There are several steps you can take today to reduce your risk.

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases your breast cancer risk.
  • Stay active. Regular exercise can help you control your weight and may offer other health benefits that can reduce your risk of breast cancer.
  • Know your family history. If you have a mother, sister or daughter who has had breast cancer, you may benefit from genetic testing. Some women at a high risk of hereditary breast cancer may opt to have preventive surgery. This is a big decision, so talk to your doctor and consider counseling to help you make your decision and deal with its effects.
  • Consider breastfeeding. Some studies have shown that women who breastfeed their babies for at least six months have a reduced risk of breast cancer.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol. Three or more drinks a day can increase your risk for breast cancer and other health problems.
  • Don’t smoke. Avoiding smoking altogether is part of a healthy lifestyle. If you smoke, speak to your doctor about how to quit.
  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. There’s evidence that antioxidants and other nutrients in plant-based foods can help prevent cancer and other health problems. Most experts recommend at least two and a half cups of vegetables each day.
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Our Breast Cancer Experts

Our breast cancer team works together to provide you with personalized care. The team includes medical oncologists, radiation therapists, surgeons and other experts at the top of their field. Our specialists are highly experienced in the latest, most effective breast cancer treatment methods and reconstruction techniques.

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