Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lifetime, but breast cancer prevention and early detection save lives. At Rockville Gynecology, Carolynn Young, MD, and Astrid Von Walter, MD, assess your risk and screen you for breast cancer to detect it early and increase your risk of survival if you have the disease. Call their Rockville, Maryland, office to learn more about breast cancer screening or schedule an appointment online today.
Breast cancer is abnormal cells that form in breast tissue. It’s the second most common cancer diagnosed in the United States after skin cancer.
Breast cancer screening, early detection, a better understanding of the disease, and a personalized approach to treatment are the keys to breast cancer survival.
The cause of breast cancer isn’t entirely understood but there are numerous factors that increase your risk, such as:
Breast cancer is likely caused by complex interactions of the environment and your genetic makeup.
If you experience the following signs or symptoms of breast cancer, see your doctor immediately to get screened for the disease:
You should complete monthly self-breast exams to detect lumps or other breast abnormalities.
At Rockville Gynecology, the experienced providers believe in the power of prevention. Your doctor thoroughly reviews your medical and family history and cancer risk factors to determine if you’re a good candidate for breast cancer tests, such as:
When a self-exam reveals a breast abnormality, alert your doctor immediately. If you have breast cancer, removing cancerous tissue can prevent it from spreading to other areas of your body and increase your chances of surviving the disease.
You may also require chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, or targeted therapy utilizing substances that attack cancer cells without harming surrounding tissues.
Don’t wait until breast cancer progresses to a terminal stage. Be proactive with early risk assessments and detection, as breast cancer is treatable in the early stages. Call Rockville Gynecology to schedule breast cancer screening or book an appointment online today.