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Breast cancer is the presence of cancerous (malignant) cells in the breast tissue. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among US women. Nearly 230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the US. It rarely affects men.
At Dignity Health, our experienced staff consists of licensed, female mammography technologists, board-certified radiologists, and many other breast cancer experts.
Find a Doctor at Dignity Health who treats breast cancer in the Bay Area with a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect.
There are many different types of breast cancer but the most common are:
Less common types of breast cancer include angiosarcoma, Phyllodes tumor, Paget disease of the nipple, and inflammatory breast cancer.
Doctors don’t always know what causes breast cancer. However they have identified a number of risk factors. The main risk factor is being a woman, but others include:
Most breast cancers are found by mammogram before any symptoms develop. When there are signs, the most common is a lump or mass.
At Dignity Health, our oncologists typically use a combination of breast cancer treatment options, including:
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, your doctor will check the cancer for hormone receptors and look to see if it has spread beyond the breast. These results, along with the type and stage of the cancer, will help your doctor determine which treatment options are right for you.