In the U.S., one in eight women has a breast cancer diagnosis during their life. With more than 20 years of experience in breast care, Dr. Sean T. Canale, MD, FACS, at Carolina Breast Care Specialists, PA, offers women in Raleigh, North Carolina, the most advanced and comprehensive care available in a friendly, non-hospital setting. To schedule a same-day, next-day, or second opinion breast cancer consultation, call Carolina Breast Care Specialists, or book an appointment online today.
Breast cancer originates when breast cells mutate and begin growing out of control. After skin cancer, it’s the second most common cancer in American women.
You can develop several types of breast cancer in specific areas of your breast, including your ducts, the glands that make milk (lobules), and any of the tissue in between. Breast cancers can vary from noninvasive to invasive as well as metastatic. If cancer is metastatic, it can spread to other areas of your body.
Though most breast cancer cases involve women, it can also develop in men.
Breast cancer symptoms can vary, but might include:
Some types of breast cancer can also cause changes in your overall breast skin, like redness, dimpling, or pitting that resembles the surface of an orange.
Dr. Canale usually diagnoses breast cancer through a physical exam, digital imaging procedures like mammograms and ultrasounds, and by testing irregular breast cells through a tissue biopsy.
After reaching a diagnosis, Dr. Canale also determines the extent of your disease through blood tests, bone scans, and screenings like CT and PET scans.
As the only private breast care specialist in the area, Dr. Canale works closely with you to provide a personalized and supportive breast cancer treatment plan. With specialized training in breast care, Dr. Canale also strives to provide the most advanced and least invasive treatments whenever possible.
Based on the type and extent of your breast cancer, Dr. Canale might recommend a variety of surgical treatments, including:
In addition to surgical treatment to manage breast cancer, Dr. Canale might also suggest chemotherapy drugs that destroy cancer cells throughout your body or radiation treatments that use targeted beams of energy to kill cancer in a specific area.
Call Carolina Breast Care Specialists, or schedule an appointment online today.