Breast Health Conditions

Breast Care Focused on You

Whenever you feel something just isn’t right with your breasts, turn to the experienced breast health team at University Health System. We have the expertise to diagnose and treat all types of breast conditions in women and men, from duct ectasia and cysts to gynecomastia and mastitis.

When you think about breast health, cancer often comes to mind immediately. University experts treat breast cancer using sophisticated treatments, and we use that same forward-thinking approach for all other types of breast problems, too.

Facts about Breast Health

Mammogram: Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. While mammograms can miss some cancers, they are still a very good way to find breast cancer.

Some insurance companies pay for mammograms for women ages 35-39. If you’re in this age range, please talk with your doctor to receive a referral for a mammogram screening.

Clinical Breast Exam: Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a regular exam by a doctor, preferably every three years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health expert every year. Consider having a CBE shortly before a mammogram. 

Breast Self Awareness (BSA): Women should talk to their doctor about any changes in how their breasts look or feel.

See a doctor right away if you notice any of these changes:

  • A lump or swelling
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
  • Redness or scaliness of the nipple or breast skin
  • A discharge other than breast milk
  • Remember, often these breast changes are not cancer.

Women at high risk: Women with a family history of breast cancer (mother, sister or daughter) as well as women with a previous history of breast cancer are considered high risk for the disease. Women with a higher risk for breast cancer should talk to their doctor about following an early detection plan. Mammograms may be needed at an earlier age, getting extra tests, or having more frequent exams.

Information provided by the American Cancer Society – www.cancer.org

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Exceptional Care for All Breast Conditions

When it comes to breast health, we provide comprehensive, compassionate care. We treat:

Benign Breast Conditions

We see patients every day who are experiencing pain, nipple discharge and other breast symptoms. Often these conditions are benign (noncancerous). Benign breast conditions we treat include:

  • Duct ectasia
  • Ductal or lobular hyperplasia
  • Fibrosis and simple cysts
  • Fibroadenomas
  • Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
  • Mastitis

Breast Cancer

University breast health doctors offer the most advanced breast cancer treatments in the region. We treat all types of breast cancer, including:

  • Angiosarcoma
  • Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
  • Inflammatory breast cancer
  • Invasive (or infiltrating) ductal carcinoma
  • Invasive (or infiltrating) lobular carcinoma
  • Paget disease of the nipple
  • Phyllodes tumor

Conditions That Can Cause Breast Pain

Breast pain can be more than an inconvenience. Each year our experienced doctors diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions that start with breast pain. We will quickly and accurately diagnose and treat the source of pain in your breast, which can be caused by:

  • Fibrocystic breast tissue
  • Gynecomastia (development of breasts in boys and men)
  • Hormonal changes due to menstruation, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause
  • Mastitis
  • Medications
  • Puberty in both girls and boys
  • Runner’s nipple

Men’s Breast Conditions

We are sensitive to the unique concerns men have about breast abnormalities and provide responsive care to men of all ages. University breast specialists diagnose and treat all types of men’s breast problems, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cysts
  • Gynecomastia (development of breasts in men)
  • Runner’s nipple