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Diagnosing Breast Cancer Symptoms on the Central Coast

Knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer leads to early detection and successful treatment.

Dignity Health Central Coast’s trusted team of doctors can help you understand the signs of breast cancer and the various options for treatment. Our providers are committed to delivering healing for body, mind, and spirit.

Find a Doctor today to discuss early detection, recommended cancer screenings for women, and symptoms of breast cancer on the Central Coast of California:


What are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

Common signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Change in size, shape, or appearance of your breast or nipple
  • Inverted nipple
  • Nipple tenderness or discharge (not breast milk)
  • Skin changes or rash on your breast or nipple
  • Swelling of part or all of your breast

See your Dignity Health doctor as soon as possible if you have these symptoms or other changes in your breasts.


Diagnosing Breast Cancer at Dignity Health Central Coast

Cancer screenings for women, such as a mammogram, can find an abnormality in the breast before you can feel it. If a routine screening mammogram shows you have a breast lump or breast cyst, our doctors may recommend a diagnostic mammogram to take closer images of area. Other tests, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound, are painless ways to create pictures of the breast and its structures.


Considering Next Steps

Test results guide you and your doctor’s next steps, including treatment. Noncancerous, or benign, results may require no further treatment. Sometimes, your doctor may recommend a biopsy to test a small tissue sample for cancer. 

Early detection of breast cancer remains the most important action for all women. Talk to an expert at Dignity Health Central Coast today about breast cancer signs and symptoms.

Dignity Health Central Coast’s compassionate oncology doctors help women understand breast cancer symptoms on the Central Coast of California.