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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast grow and multiply uncontrollably, damaging surrounding tissue and interfering with the normal function of the breast.

Usually breast cancer either begins in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands, or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple. Less commonly, breast cancer can begin in the fatty and fibrous connective tissues of the breast.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can also appear in men.

Diagnostic Testing

At The Wilbur & Mary Jean Cohen Women’s Center, a female breast surgeon and highly skilled and experienced radiologists with advanced training in the latest mammography and diagnostic imaging technologies lead our dedicated team.  Our testing includes:

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy draws out a sample of the breast issue to help determine if an abnormality discovered on a mammogram is malignant (cancerous) or benign (not cancerous).

Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy uses sound waves to create images of the breast to guide the removal of tissue from the area of concern.

MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy produces highly detailed images of breast tissue in women that have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, dense breast tissue or genetic factors putting them at risk for developing breast cancer.

Sentinel Node Biopsy drains the first lymph node to determine if breast cancer has spread to the lymph ducts or lymph nodes.

Learn more about breast biopsies and how to prepare for an exam.

Treatment Options

In general, breast cancer treatments may include:

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Learn more about breast cancer.

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