About Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of cells in the breast. These cells typically create a tumor that can feel like a lump in the breast, or is visible during a screening x-ray. This tumor is cancerous if the cells grow into surrounding breast tissue, or spread to other areas of the body.

While women are more likely to get breast cancer, it does occur in men.

Breast Cancer Symptoms

The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A cancerous mass is likely to be painless and hard with irregular edges.

Other symptoms include:

  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Redness, scaling, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • Nipple discharge or retraction

Being aware of changes in your breasts can aid in the early detection of breast cancer.

To learn more about signs and symptoms of breast cancer, speak with your healthcare provider or click here .

Breast Cancer Screening

Routine screenings for breast cancer are your best defense against the disease. While breast cancer is sometimes detected after symptoms develop, many women experience no symptoms.

Learn more about screening and prevention.

Breast Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer is often treated using multiple types of coordinated treatments, including:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Other Targeted Therapies

Your Breast Cancer Treatment Team

Understanding your diagnosis and treatment options is the first step in fighting breast cancer. At Frederick Regional Health System, we’re committed to providing you with a cancer treatment experience that is focused on you.

Learn more about your treatment team: