Understanding Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a disease that starts in the breast, usually in the ducts or lobule tissue. The cells begin to divide and grow abnormally and out of control, creating a mass or tumor and crowding out normal cells. These malignant (cancerous) cells have lost the behavior of normal cells, which die when they are damaged and have “boundaries” keeping them from spreading to the tissue that surrounds them. Breast cancer, if left untreated, spreads inside the breast and may spread to other parts of the body. We know that breast cancer is not a single defect at the cellular level
Many different combinations of defective components contribute to each person’s breast cancer. This is why a timely and precise work up is required: to create a personalized, individual approach for treatment.
Breast Cancer Screenings
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women – after skin cancer. Breast cancer can occur in men, but at much lower incidence. Mammograms, a primary tool used to screen for breast cancer, can detect breast cancer early. At Skagit Regional Health, we have a comprehensive program for mammography screenings. Our goal is to find any issues early so we can begin treatment before the disease advances.
Request an appointment online or by calling 360-424-6161 (Mount Vernon) or 360-814-8208 (Arlington).
For More Information About Breast Cancer Services
To learn more about our breast cancer services, please contact one of our team members at the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center at 360-814-2146. We can help you make an appointment with a breast cancer care physician at one of our convenient locations.
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