What doctor do I see if I suspect breast cancer?
Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you have any breast cancer symptoms. You’ll have tests done at your regular doctor’s office, a clinic, or a hospital. First, you’ll most likely see your family doctor or gynecologist at your appointment. Based on the tests you need, you might also see a radiologist.
How do doctors determine breast cancer stage?
Doctors have many ways to find out what stage of breast cancer you have. Clues come from physical exams, biopsies, X-rays, bone scans and other images, and blood tests. A doctor called a pathologist puts tissue samples from the breast and lymph nodes under the microscope to find out even more.
How long can you have breast cancer without knowing?
Breast cancer has to divide 30 times before it can be felt. Up to the 28th cell division, neither you nor your doctor can detect it by hand. With most breast cancers, each division takes one to two months, so by the time you can feel a cancerous lump, the cancer has been in your body for two to five years.
What happens if you have breast cancer and don’t treat it?
And if untreated, breast cancer universally becomes a fatal disease. It can happen over long periods of time, but if you don’t have surgery and if you don’t have other treatments, it doesn’t go away on its own. That’s why we recommend (to) people that they get appropriate medical treatment.
Which stage of breast cancer is curable?
With aggressive treatment, stage 3 breast cancer is curable; however, the risk that the cancer will grow back after treatment is high.
How can a woman tell if she has breast cancer?
Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast. Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area. Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood. Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
What does the pain feel like when you have breast cancer?
Breast cancer can cause changes in skin cells that lead to feelings of pain, tenderness, and discomfort in the breast. Although breast cancer is often painless, it is important not to ignore any signs or symptoms that could be due to breast cancer. Some people may describe the pain as a burning sensation.
How do you feel when you have breast cancer?
Changes in touch (may feel hard, tender or warm) Peeling or flaking of the nipple skin. A breast lump or thickening. Redness or pitting of the breast skin (like the skin of an orange)