Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells develop in breast tissue. Though early-stage breast cancer does not always have symptoms, some may develop as the tumor grows. Some of these symptoms include:
+ A painless lump in or near the breast
+ A change in breast size or firmness
+ Nipple itching, burning, rash, turning inward or discharge
+ A warm area in the breast
+ Breast skin changes such as dimpling, a sore or a rash
+ Swelling in the armpit
Upon experiencing any of these symptoms, women should contact their physicians immediately. Also, women should get regular screenings to help detect breast cancer early – when it is most treatable. They should be screened for breast cancer at:
+ Ages 40 and older – have mammograms and clinical breast exams yearly
+ Ages 20s and 30s – have clinical breast exams as part of regular health assessments at least every three years
+ Ages 20 and older – begin performing breast self-exams and notify doctors of any changes immediately
Doctors Community Hospital has the first comprehensive breast center in Prince George’s County. With appointments available Monday through Saturday, our Center for Comprehensive Breast Care provides professional and personalized care.
+ Experienced surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, medical and radiation specialists, pathologists, nurses and patient navigators
+ Personalized treatment options
+ State-of-the-art diagnostics that include all digital mammograms
+ Free screening mammograms for Prince George’s County residents who are uninsured/underinsured
Also, with many women experiencing lymphedema or swelling during breast cancer treatment, Doctors Community Hospital has a comprehensive Lymphedema Center – one of the largest such programs in the area.
For a free breast care educational brochure, call Doctors Community Hospital’s Center for Comprehensive Breast Care at 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).