Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in the tissues of the breast.
There are two main types of breast cancer:
- Ductal carcinoma starts in the tubes (ducts) that move milk from the breast to the nipple. Most breast cancers are of this type.
- Lobular carcinoma starts in the parts of the breast, called lobules, that produce milk.
In rare cases, breast cancer can start in other areas of the breast.
To learn more about the causes and symptoms of breast cancer, visit the Owensboro Health Encylcopedia.
Options for Detecting Breast Cancer at Owensboro Health
One of the keys to treating breast cancer effectively is to diagnose it early. In addition to physical breast exams, doctors at Owensboro Health have many advanced options to assist in the detection of breast cancer. Some of those options include:
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breasts. It is used to find tumors and to help tell the difference between noncancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) disease.
Owensboro Health offers state-of-the-art digital mammography in Owensboro and at Owensboro Health Multicare Madisonville.
Learn more about mammography at the Owensboro Health Encyclopedia.