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: