Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women after skin cancer. At MaineHealth, our cancer specialists offer comprehensive breast cancer services that include early detection, diagnostic imaging, and personalized treatment.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer occurs when abnormal (cancer) cells form in the breast. A family history and other factors may increase the risk of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Symptoms

Breast changes may be signs of breast cancer

A lump or change in the breast may be a symptom of breast cancer.

Others symptoms can include:

  • Swelling in all or part of the breast
  • Skin dimpling on the breast
  • Skin irritation on the breast
  • Nipple turning inward
  • Changes in the nipple or breast skin that can include redness, scaling, thickening
  • Fluid (not breast milk) leaking from the nipple

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Check with your provider about when to schedule a mammogram

Patients are encouraged to do regular breast self-exams to check for lumps, changes in breast size or shape, or any other changes in the breasts or underarm (armpit).

Clinical screening often includes a clinical breast exam as part of a woman's regular checkup. Women also are encouraged to have regular mammograms, and should talk to their provider about when to schedule one.

Depending on the results, your local healthcare provider may refer you to a breast cancer specialist.

Breast Cancer Treatments

Breast cancer treatment options vary depending on the cancer

Treatment for breast cancer depends on the type and stage of cancer.  Complementary and integrative therapies, while not primary treatment options can be discussed with our providers.  Common treatments for breast cancer include:

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