Breast cancer is a common cancer found in women. With greater awareness of this disease and better screening practices for it, though, more breast cancer patients are surviving their diagnoses and enjoying healthy lives. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota encourages all adult women in the greater Bradenton and Northport communities to educate themselves about breast cancer for their health and that of their mothers, sisters, and daughters.
Breast cancer can present symptoms in some women. One of the more common warning signs is a lump, which women may detect through touch or sight. Other visible symptoms of disease can include unusual nipple discharge, skin inflammation, or breast swelling. In some cases, women may not see any signs of breast cancer, yet they might feel breast or nipple discomfort. All warning signs warrant a visit with a breast care expert for further evaluation.
Early Detection Measures
If breast cancer is present, the goal is to find it as early as possible. The sooner that a malignant tumor is found, the better the chances that it is small and has not moved beyond the breast tissue. That is why breast care experts urge all adult women to conduct monthly breast self-examinations. Regular self-exams allow women to recognize what is normal for their breasts and what could be a warning sign of disease. In addition to these self-examinations, all adult women should get annual clinical exams. Women who are 40 or older should also talk to their doctors about undergoing yearly mammograms, which can reveal irregular growths too small to detect with an examination.
Breast cancer care depends on the size of the disease. Small tumors may require only surgery to remove the mass or breast. However, many cancer care specialists may recommend radiation therapy or chemotherapy as additional measures to ensure that all cancerous cells are eradicated from the body. Other treatment techniques may be employed as well.
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota can help you enjoy the best breast health possible. Call (888) 685-1596 to discuss your breast care concerns with one of our Consult-A-Nurse associates. You can also visit our website for more information on our complete healthcare options for Bradenton, Venice, and Northport residents.