A diagnosis of breast cancer is life altering. Our team of compassionate Dignity Health Central Coast experts are here to work with you to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.
Our doctors specialize in oncology services and offer personal care. We talk to you about breast cancer early detection and breast cancer prevention tips.
Find a Doctor today to discuss early detection of breast cancer on the Central Coast of California.
Early Detection of Breast Cancer at Dignity Health Central Coast
Our experts know that a variety of cancer screenings can detect breast cancer even before you have symptoms.
A clinical breast exam, for example, takes place during a routine checkup with your doctor. In this type of exam, your doctor will feel your breasts, underarms, and breast bone for abnormalities, such as lumps.
A mammogram is another way to find breast cancer in its earliest stages. A mammogram uses a small amount of radiation to take pictures of your breasts and determine if there are areas that require further examination.
Risk Factors & Breast Cancer Prevention Tips
You can take significant steps to prevent breast cancer and live your life to the fullest. Breast cancer prevention tips include exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and only drinking alcohol in moderation.
Certain risk factors increase the risk of breast cancer. They include:
- Being a female
- Getting older
- Family history of breast cancer and other breast conditions
- Early menstruation before age 12 and late menopause after age 55
- Diethylstilbestrol exposure
- Previous chest radiation therapy
- Dense breasts
- Caucasian race
- Gene mutations, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2
If you are at high risk of breast cancer, your Dignity Health Central Coast health doctor will listen to your concerns and provide a range of prevention tactics, which includes chemoprevention and mastectomy. Chemoprevention involves using substances to reduce the risk of breast cancer development. Mastectomy removes all the breast tissue.
Contact us to work with a Dignity Health doctor on breast cancer prevention on the Central Coast of California.
Dignity Health’s trusted team of oncology experts can help with early detection of breast cancer on the Central Coast.