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Breast Cancer
Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month. Accordingly, we encourage all women to download our Healthquest Guidebook, a free resource with helpful information about breast cancer and early detection.

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The following facts are from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and American Cancer Society, which offer excellent resources to learn more about breast cancer.

  • Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States.
  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • The overall death rate from breast cancer decreased by 1.3% per year from 2013 to 2017. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances and earlier detection through screening.
  • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
  • As of January 2020, there are more than 3.5 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.
  • A woman's risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.

"We know from experience that early detection of cancer is essential for survival and the success of the least invasive treatment options."


Charles Portera, MD, F.A.C.S

Board-Certified General Surgery
Fellowship-Trained in Surgical Oncology and Cancer Biology

Alaska Surgical Oncology helps Eunice avoid an unnecessary mastectomy.

After noticing a small blood spot near her breast, Eunice decided she needed to see a doctor. A 3D Mammogram discovered a small tumor in her breast, about the size of a grain of rice. She was diagnosed with a Stage 1 Breast Cancer and the oncologist recommended a mastectomy. In an attempt to avoid an unnecessary mastectomy, Eunice got a second opinion from Dr. Charles Portera at the Alaska Surgical Oncology Breast Center. Dr. Portera was able to save her breast and now Eunice is cancer free!

Julie's Breast Cancer Story – Alaska Surgical Oncology

As a former oncology nurse, Julie knew first hand the seriousness of a breast cancer diagnosis. She also knew the importance of finding the highest trained surgical Oncologist possible. Working closely with a plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Portera of Alaska Surgical Oncology was able to remove the breast cancer while maintaining the look of a healthy breast – all in one surgical process.

Featured Content in the Healthquest Guidebook

  • What is breast cancer?
  • Breast cancer terminology
  • Breast cancer early detection
  • Preventing breast cancer
  • Surgical & Non-surgical options
  • Advanced treatment options
  • Breast screening schedule & log

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