As the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, breast cancer has rightfully gained an entire month dedicated to raising awareness. At The Surgical Clinic, our expert surgeons specialize in helping patients with breast cancer. Our team is here for you in the Greater Area of Nashville to be a resource for all of your breast cancer needs.
Understanding Breast Cancer
One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer can occur in men too, but it is most commonly found in women. Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of cells in the breast. During the process of cell growth, new cells form abnormally when the body doesn’t need them and old or damaged cells do not die as they should. When this occurs, a build up of cells form into a mass of tissue called a lump, growth, or tumor. Breast cancer can spread outside the breast through blood vessels and lymph vessels.
Symptoms or Signs of Breast Cancer
Every person should know the symptoms and signs of breast cancer. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:
- A lump or thickening in the breast that feels different from the surrounding tissue
- Change in the size, shape or appearance of a breast
- Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
- A newly inverted nipple
- Peeling, scaling, crusting or flaking of the pigmented area of skin surrounding the
- Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast
Have you noticed a lump or change in your breasts recently? If so, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a mammogram immediately.
Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
Most risk factors for breast cancer are beyond your control, such as age, family history, and medical history. Simply being a woman is a risk factor. However, there are some risk factors you can control, such as weight, physical activity, and alcohol consumption.
Simple daily life changes may help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Talk with your doctor about regular breast cancer screenings and other clinical tests. You can also do at-home breast screenings. Exercising, eating healthy, and maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce the risk for breast cancer.
Treatment depends on the stage of cancer. It may consist of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. With a diagnosis of breast cancer, we know that you want both the best surgical options for getting rid of the disease and the best options for what you can do to heal. At The Surgical Clinic, your physician and the entire surgical team is focused on supporting you with the most advanced approaches to breast cancer surgical techniques. You can meet our breast cancer surgeons here.
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