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Breast Cancers & Other Conditions

Breast cancer is very common and there are many different types of breast cancer. Fortunately for women today, raised awareness about early detection and the development of excellent treatment options has increased the survival rates for breast cancer patients.

Early Detection is Key

We strongly encourage you to seek the advice of an experienced breast specialist if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Lump in the breast
  • Thickening of the breast skin
  • Rash or redness of the breast
  • Breast swelling
  • New onset of breast pain
  • Dimpling around the nipple or on the breast skin
  • Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
  • Nipple discharge
  • Lumps in the underarm area
  • Changes in the appearance of the nipple or breast that are different from the normal monthly changes a woman experiences

Early detection is the key to the successful treatment of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms for women older than 40 with no other known risk of breast cancer. Breast tomosynthesis or 3-D mammography finds more breast cancers and has a lower false positive rate than standard 2-D mammography.  Every woman should have a clinical breast exam at her yearly physical. If you do find a lump, make an appointment with your doctor immediately; however, please remember that 80 percent of all breast lumps are benign, meaning they are not cancerous and pose no health threat.

Family History of Breast Cancer

Enhanced surveillance with every six month clinical exam alternating mammograms with breast MRI is appropriate for some women who have a strong family history of breast cancer. Breast care providers in the high risk clinic can determine if this is a reasonable option for you. 

Information on Breast Cancers and Other Breast Conditions

Learn about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:

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