Breast cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the cells of the breast tissue. It is the most common cancer among women worldwide and can also affect men, although this is rare. Breast cancer can begin in different parts of the breast, including the ducts that carry milk to the nipple, the lobules, which are the glands that produce milk, or in other cells in the breast tissue.
Breast cancer is often first detected through a lump or thickening in the breast tissue. Other symptoms may include:
- Changes in the size or shape of the breast.
- Changes to the skin or nipple.
- Discharge from the nipple.
However, not all breast lumps are cancerous, and some breast cancers may not produce any noticeable symptoms.
Breast cancer can be diagnosed through various tests, including mammography, ultrasound, MRI, or a biopsy, which involves removing a small sample of tissue from the breast for examination. Once diagnosed, treatment for breast cancer will depend on the type and stage of the cancer, as well as a patient’s overall health and preferences.
Treatment options for breast cancer may include surgery to remove the cancerous tissue, radiation therapy to kill cancer cells, chemotherapy to target cancer cells throughout the body, hormone therapy to block the hormones that fuel certain types of breast cancer, or targeted therapy to target specific genes or proteins involved in the growth of cancer cells.
Early detection and treatment are important for improving outcomes for breast cancer. Regular breast cancer screenings, including mammograms and clinical breast exams, can help detect breast cancer early when it is most treatable. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, may also help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
At CoreMed Plus, we offer comprehensive breast cancer screening and diagnostic services and personalized treatment options for patients with breast cancer. Our experienced healthcare professionals work closely with each patient to develop an individualized treatment plan considering their unique needs, symptoms, and goals. We are committed to providing compassionate, effective care to help our patients find relief and achieve optimal health and wellness.