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Why did I get breast cancer?

Dr. Swapna Ghanta
Dr. Swapna Ghanta

Commonly asked questions for a Breast Cancer specialist, Dr. Swapna Ghanta.

Swapna Ghanta, M.D., is a general surgeon and specializing in breast surgery. She attended the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University. She completed her general surgery residency at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and a research fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York studying lymphatic biology and lymphedema during which time she presented her research at several national meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals. She also has completed a clinical fellowship in breast surgical oncology at the University of Miami in Florida where she became proficient in advanced breast techniques including partial breast reconstruction, oncoplastic lumpectomies and S-LYMPHA, an innovative procedure which drastically reduces post axillary dissection lymphedema. Dr. Ghanta’s clinical interests are axillary management, lymphedema, high risk patients and the management of locally advanced breast cancer.

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Video Transcript

That's a really difficult question to answer, and unfortunately, breast cancer is still one of the most common cancers in the United States, and about one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. For most people, we can never identify a specific reason why they develop breast cancer. However, for some women, you might be at higher risk for developing breast cancer because of your family history, your exposure to certain chemicals, or your own personal history of previous breast biopsies.

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Why did I get breast cancer?