Breast Cancer

Georgia Breast Care

Breast Surgeons & Surgical Oncologists located in Woodstock, GA

In a given year, doctors diagnose roughly 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer, in addition to about 63,000 cases of noninvasive breast cancer in American women. Because early detection is key to preserving your health and preventing the spread of breast cancer, the caring providers at Georgia Breast Care offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment care in Woodstock, Georgia. Click on the online scheduling tool to book your breast cancer evaluation or call the clinic nearest you to speak with one of the friendly team members directly.

Breast Cancer

What causes breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the second most common type of women’s cancer in the United States, behind skin cancer. These masses develop when cells grow, divide, and accumulate abnormally.

In most cases, these cancerous masses develop in the milk-producing ducts, although they can also form in your glandular tissue (lobules), as well as in other breast tissues. While breast cancer most commonly affects women, men can certainly suffer from it, too. In either case, breast cancer is caused by or linked to:

  • Older age
  • Radiation exposure
  • Being overweight 
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Personal history of breast conditions
  • Being a carrier of BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations

Breast cancer risk is also correlated with the age at which you first gave birth. For example, if you gave birth to your first child after age 30 your risk of breast cancer is higher. You also have an increased risk if you never became pregnant or began menopause at a later age. 

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

Most women discover an abnormal lump during a home breast exam. While these masses don’t always indicate cancer, they’re certainly a reason to visit Georgia Breast Care and undergo additional screenings (like a mammogram). 

If you have breast cancer, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Newly inverted nipple
  • Breast skin dimpling 
  • Redness or pitting in your breast skin
  • Changes in your breast size, shape, or fullness

You might also notice that the pigmented area surrounding your nipples is peeling, crusting, or flaking. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact the compassionate team at Georgia Breast Care for an evaluation.  

How is breast cancer treated?

The team at Georgia Breast Care collaborate to ensure you receive the education you need about your diagnosis, so you’re informed throughout every step of your treatment process. Treating breast cancer can involve a combination of the following:

  • Breast cancer surgery to remove the mass or breast
  • Removal of affected lymph nodes
  • Radiation or chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Immunotherapy 

The team at Georgia Breast Care is dedicated to ensuring your breast cancer treatment is effective. They care for you throughout your journey and are available to provide support anytime you may need it. 

If you have a history of breast cancer or discovered a mass, contact Georgia Breast Care today. You can book your evaluation through the website or over the phone with either office.