Every year, about 230,000 women learn they have breast cancer. After a diagnosis of breast cancer, you will have a lot of questions and concerns. You and your family may wonder about your treatment options or your prognosis.
When you need breast cancer care that’s rooted in humankindness, healing, and dignity, turn to Dignity Health Central California. With convenient locations, our innovative treatment facilities provide reliable care for all different types of breast cancer in Central California:
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Types of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is any malignant tumor in your breast tissue. These tumors can appear in various parts of your breast, including your milk ducts and sacs.
Our experienced oncologists are trained to diagnose and treat the following types of breast cancer:
Risk Factors & Causes of Breast Cancer
There’s no confirmed cause for breast cancer. Research, however, does suggest that certain characteristics can increase your risk for developing breast cancer.
Some known risk factors are:
- Dense breast tissue
- Early menstruation (before age 12)
- Late menopause (after age 55)
- Family or personal history of breast cancer
- Previous chest radiation
You can be proactive about reducing your risk for breast cancer. Take the breast cancer risk assessment and schedule a breast cancer screening near you.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Usually, the first sign of breast cancer is a lump or mass.
You may also notice:
- A change in the size or shape of your breast or nipple
- Breast swelling
- Inverted nipple
- Nipple discharge that’s not breast milk
Some cancer screenings, such as a mammogram, can detect breast cancer before symptoms develop. Knowing the signs is the first step to early detection and prevention, which often leads to more effective treatment.
Treatment for Breast Cancer at Dignity Health Central California
Our treatment approach doesn’t just aim to heal your cancer. We’re also committed to caring for your entire well-being. In addition to standard breast cancer treatment, you have the option to integrate spiritual counseling and therapy to supplement your treatment.
Rely on Dignity Health Central California for comprehensive breast cancer treatment, including:
- Breast cancer staging to diagnose the extent of the tumor for better treatment
- Precancer diagnosis and treatment to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer
- Personalized treatment options that meet your goals
Dignity Health Central California offers complete care for breast cancer in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.