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Breast Cancer

Recent advances in understanding the biology of breast cancer are helping women to experience fewer side effects from treatment and live longer.

Diagnosis/Screening
Because most women discover they have breast cancer through a mammogram, it is vital for all women to have mammograms after age 50, and for some women to begin screening at age 40. For women with a strong family history of breast cancer, it could be important to begin screening even earlier. While mammography can indicate an abnormality, a diagnosis of breast cancer cannot be confirmed without a biopsy.

We provide comprehensive screening and diagnostic breast services, including 3-D digital mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy, the most accurate, efficient, and minimally invasive biopsy technique.

Treatment
The most effective treatment for most breast cancers is often a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and/or hormonal therapy. Our team of oncologic surgeons, plastic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses and support staff works closely together with you to provide the individualized treatment you need.

Support
Learn more about our programs and the social workers, nutritionists, rehabilitation and others who are available during and after your treatment to support you and your family.

Prevention
Many factors can influence your breast cancer risk. Some can’t be changed, such as getting older or your family history, but you can lower your risk of breast cancer by taking care of your health.

  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Exercise at least four hours a week
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day
  • Quit using tobacco
  • Breastfeed any children you may have, if possible
  • Ask your doctor about your risk factors if you are taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy
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