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Breast Cancer

One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.

If you think that you may have breast cancer because you have a discharge from your nipple, have discovered a lump or noticed a change in the size of your breasts then the Cancer Center of Sarasota Manatee can help you.

Breast cancer is the 2nd most common type of non-skin cancer after lung cancer. The Cancer Center of Sarasota Manatee has all the resources to identify and stage just what type of breast cancer you may have. The treatment options for breast cancer are varied and new clinical trials are on-going. Your cancer specialists will work with you to design a treatment plan that will be the most effective in fighting your cancer. Whether your treatment calls for radiation, lumpectomy, mastectomy chemotherapy or hormone therapy, Dr. Mamus and his team have the resources necessary to give you the best care.

The reasons why some women get breast cancer is not known; however, there are risk factors. Some you can change and some you can’t. Risks that you cannot change include age, genes and personal factors.

Other risks include being overweight, using hormone replacement therapy, taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not having children or having your first child after age 35 or having dense breasts.

Symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in size or shape of the breast or discharge from a nipple. Breast self-exam and mammography can help find breast cancer early when it is most treatable.

The symptoms of breast cancer range from none at all to a lump or abnormal mammogram and the stages range from early to metastatic. As in all forms of cancer, Dr. Mamus and his staff have state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment necessary to identify and stage the disease.

Usually breast cancer either begins in the milk-producing glands or in the fibrous connective tissue of the breast. Left unchecked, malignant cells eventually can spread beyond the original tumor to other parts of the body.

The breast cancer’s stage refers to how far the cancer cells have spread beyond the original tumor. The Stages of breast cancer range from Stage 0 where cancer cells are confined to the breast duct, without invasion into normal adjacent breast tissue to Stage V where the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

Dr. Mamus and his staff can help you understand your cancer stage and appropriate options, so you and your doctors can arrive at the best treatment plan for YOU.

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