Breast Cancer

Lucina Women's Health

Minimally Invasive Surgery & OBGYNs located in Boca Raton, FL & Boynton Beach, FL

More than 12% of American women develop breast cancer, and an increasing number of men are also being diagnosed. You can count on the care of the specialists at Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery. The practice has several offices in Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, Parkland, Wellington, and Boynton Beach, Florida, and provides comprehensive testing and expert treatment for breast cancer all under one roof. Call the office or request an appointment online to learn more.

Breast Cancer Q&A

What is breast cancer?

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 men can also develop it. 

Breast cancer can metastasize and spread to other parts of your body. 

What are the warning signs of breast cancer?

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:

  • Changes in breast size and shape
  • Nipple discharge
  • Rashes or sores on the nipple
  • Persistent, localized breast pain
  • Swelling, redness, or darkening of the skin
  • Dimpling or pulling of the skin on the breast

It’s also possible that breast cancer won’t cause any noticeable symptoms. That’s why it’s critical for women to have an annual mammogram from the age of 45 or earlier if they 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.

What methods diagnose breast cancer?

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 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 imaging test shows signs of breast cancer, the team schedules a biopsy; a biopsy involves taking a small sample of tissue from your breast and examining it for abnormal cells.

How is breast cancer treated?

The team at Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery coordinates integrative care with a team approach that includes medical oncology, breast surgery, radiation oncology, medical genetic counseling, and social workers, all under one roof. 

When a mastectomy is performed, women may choose to have immediate reconstructive breast surgery or wait to have scheduled reconstruction down the road.

For expert and compassionate diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, call Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery or request an appointment online. 

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