Breast masses are extremely common in women, especially during the reproductive years. Most breast masses are not cancerous; however, they may be associated with stress and may indicate increased risk for developing breast cancer in the future. At Wellspring LifeCare, Dr. Oliver Huang can help you evaluate your personal risk and determine whether you should obtain follow-up testing such as breast biopsy. Call Wellspring LifeCare or make an appointment online today.
Breast cancer is a disease where abnormal cells in your breast tissue multiply and grow uncontrollably. The cells eventually form tumors, which may be felt from the outside of your body or seen in an X-ray. Breast cancer is primarily a woman’s disease, although in rare cases, men can also develop it. Breast cancer is also known to metastasize and spread to other parts of your body.
You’re encouraged to check your breasts and underarms at home every month, feeling for lumps or changes. However, lumps aren’t the only sign of breast cancer. Other symptoms of breast cancer include:
It’s also possible that breast cancer won’t cause any symptoms or noticeable signs. That’s why it’s critical for women to have an annual mammogram from the age of 45, or earlier if you have a personal or family history of breast cancer.
These signs also don’t always mean that you have breast cancer. Other benign conditions can cause similar symptoms. However, if you notice any lumps or changes in your breasts, you should make an appointment for assessment and diagnosis.
A mammogram is the most widely used test to check for signs of breast cancer. Mammograms are a special type of X-ray that creates images that are used to identify abnormal breast tissue or tumors. Your doctor may also recommend other imaging tests such as MRIs and ultrasounds to examine your breasts.
If your mammogram or other test shows signs of breast cancer, the Wellspring LifeCare team schedules a biopsy. A biopsy involves taking a small sample of tissue from your breast, which is examined for signs of abnormal cells.
The doctors at Wellspring LifeCare refer you to an oncologist for cancer treatment, which may include radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery to remove the tumor. Your surgeon may also remove nodules and lymph nodes.
While you’re undergoing traditional treatments for cancer, the doctors at Wellspring LifeCare work with your oncologist to offer holistic therapies to enhance your overall health and wellbeing.
Call Wellspring LifeCare or make an appointment online today.