Expert Treatment for Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women living in the United States. Breast cancer affects the tissue in your breast, so lumps can often be felt just by performing annual self-breast exams. In addition to self-exams, scheduling regular mammograms is extremely important, so doctors can catch breast cancer at its earliest stages, which is essential with treatment.
Here's how you can stay on top of your breast health:
- Breast abnormalities
- Breast cancer prevention
- Breast cancer screening
- Breast cancer treatment
- Breast cancer support groups
Have you or a loved one recently been diagnosed with breast cancer in Williamsport, Muncy, Mansfield, Wellsboro, Lock Haven, or Sunbury, PA? UPMC Hillman Cancer Center partners with the Kathryn Candor Lundy Breast Health Center in order to provide the best possible outcomes for breast cancer patients.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Below are some common signs of breast cancer to look out for:
- Nipple tenderness
- Lump in the breast
- Unexplained change in the shape or size of the breast
- Unexplained shrinkage or swelling of the breast
- Inward or inverted nipple
- Nipple discharge
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should visit your doctor to make sure you do not have breast cancer.
Who is at risk for breast cancer?
You may be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer if you:
- Are older
- Drink alcohol
- Take birth control pills
- Are overweight
- Have a high breast density
- Have a family history of breast cancer
Treating Breast Cancer
The most common treatment for breast cancer is surgery, either by lumpectomy or mastectomy, but it may be combined or substituted for other forms of treatment like radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biologic therapy. Your doctor will help you decide the plan that is the best for your situation.
To get started on the path to treatment, schedule an appointment with one of our oncologists in Williamsport or Wellsboro.
Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in Williamsport, Muncy, Mansfield, Wellsboro, Lock Haven, or Sunbury, PA visit UPMC for treatment.