Breast Cancer

Breast cancer forms as cells in the breast begin to rapidly multiply. This condition can occur in both men and women, though it is more commonly diagnosed in women. 

Often, these cells will form a tumor that can be seen through imaging, such as an x-ray, or felt as a lump. The tumor is identified as malignant, or cancerous, if the cells have the potential to spread to surrounding tissue and other areas of the body.

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer signs and symptoms may include the following:

  • A lump or thickening of tissue in the breast
  • Change in the size, shape or appearance of the breast
  • A suddenly inverted nipple
  • Peeling or flaking of the skin surrounding the nipple 
  • Redness or changes in color of the skin over your breast

Breast Cancer Screening: Mammogram

The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35-40, and receive a mammogram yearly after age 40. Women at high risk should have mammograms more often.

Learn more about the mammogram services we provide.

When to See a Doctor

If you notice any sudden changes or an abnormal appearance in your breast, make an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation.

Community Resources for Breast Cancer Patients

Free Exercise & Paddling Program

The Hope Chest Dragon Boat Team is a support group for breast cancer survivors that offers the opportunity to participate in free exercise classes and, if interested, as part of a dragon boat team. No experience is necessary to participate.

Hope Chest's free specialized exercise classes for breast cancer survivors are offered year-round at a variety of times and locations. The classes are open to survivors of all abilities. Visit the Hope Chest website for more information.

Support Group Meetings & Classes

Breast Cancer Network of Western New York

All are welcome to attend monthly meetings by the Breast Cancer Network of Western New York. The Breast Cancer Network also offers classes for survivors, social activities and a lending library.

Life Transitions Center, Inc. (Buffalo)

Life Transitions Center assists anyone touched by serious illness by providing support, education, counseling, wellness activities and social/networking events.

Oak Orchard Health (Albion)

Please call Kathy Williams at (585) 638-0606 for information about Oak Orchard Health's support groups.

WCA Hospital

The WCA Hospital offers support groups for women diagnosed with breast cancer. The groups meet in Jamestown and Dunkirk. Click here for more information.

Wellness Retreats 

Renewal retreats at the Sisterhood Wellness Center give you the opportunity to relax and meet women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Wellness Retreats

Renewal retreats at the Sisterhood Wellness Center give you the opportunity to relax and meet women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.