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In women, almost a third of all new cancer diagnoses are breast cancer. The death rate for breast cancer is falling every year, but it still claims the lives of more women than any other cancer besides lung cancer. Luckily, recommended screenings for women can help find breast cancer in its most treatable stages. Some women may also be able to take advantage of preventive strategies.
Cancer is one of the scariest words you can hear. That's why at Dignity Health Southern California hospitals, located in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and San Bernardino, our doctors and staff are committed to helping women detect breast cancer as early as possible and then treating it aggressively with the latest therapies. To learn more about breast cancer prevention in Southern California, Find a Doctor at one of our hospitals near you.
Doctors have identified a number of factors that can increase your risk of developing breast cancer, including:
Screening exams offer the best chance for early detection of breast cancer. Often, they can find a tumor before you have any obvious symptoms. Common screening exams at Dignity Health Southern California include:
Some breast cancer risk factors are under your control. They include drinking alcohol in moderation, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight. Even if you take these measures, you may still develop breast cancer.
If you are at a very high risk for breast cancer, your doctor may recommend:
Are you concerned about your risk for developing breast cancer? Talk to your Dignity Health doctor about what screenings they recommend to prevent breast cancer.
Dignity Health offers screening and services for breast cancer prevention in Southern California.