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Breast Cancer

Learning you have breast cancer is one of the scariest experiences a woman may face. 

It helps to know that there are increasingly effective treatments now available to you if you are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer

Finding breast cancer early, before it spreads, leads to a better breast cancer prognosis. It’s important to know your family history and to recognize the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, which may include:

  • A new lump in the breast or underarm (armpit)
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin
  • 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 shape of the breast
  • Pain in any area of the breast
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

See your doctor if you notice symptoms of breast cancer or other changes in your breast.

Types of breast cancer

Breast cancer is not just one disease. It can begin in different areas of the breast. 

The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which originates in the tiny tubes, or ducts, that connect the lobes in your breast. 

In contrast, lobular carcinoma begins in the lobes or lobules — the smaller sections of the lobes — and is more often found in both breasts.  

Some women develop inflammatory breast cancer, which appears as red, swollen and warm breast tissue.

Risk factors for breast cancer

Even though family history is an important risk factor, only five to 10 percent of all breast cancers are hereditary.

The prognosis for breast cancer is improving. Breast cancer can sometimes come back — or recur — after treatment; however, the number of deaths from breast cancer is steadily declining, and 90% of women diagnosed survive at least five years, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Breast cancer diagnosis and treatment

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, your doctor will conduct tests to see if your cancer has spread within the breast or to other parts of your body. If the cancer has spread, your doctor will describe it as metastasizing. 

This process of testing is called staging. Staging helps your doctor plan the best treatment for your specific breast cancer.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Breast diagnostic testing
  • Breast surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation oncology

Tanner Cancer Care is committed to supporting your lifelong breast health. If you have breast cancer, our doctors and other health professionals will be with you every step of the way, from initial diagnosis through treatment and survivorship.

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Breast Cancer Locations

We offer cancer care services at one conveniently located medical facility.

Comprehensive Breast Care Center

Comprehensive Breast Care Center

706 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117
Carrollton

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Phone: 770-812-5886

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tanner Radiation Oncology

Tanner Radiation Oncology

165 Clinic Avenue, Carrollton, GA 30117
Carrollton

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Phone: 770-812-9824

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Roy Richards, Sr. Cancer Center

Roy Richards, Sr. Cancer Center

165 Clinic Avenue, Carrollton, GA 30117
Carrollton

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Phone: 770-812-9824

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tanner Breast Health - Carrollton

Tanner Breast Health - Carrollton

706 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117
Carrollton

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Phone: 770-812-9280

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tanner Breast Health - Villa Rica

Tanner Breast Health - Villa Rica

705 Dallas Highway, Villa Rica, GA 30180

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Phone: 770-456-3400

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Northwest Georgia Oncology Center - Villa Rica

Northwest Georgia Oncology Center - Villa Rica

705 Dallas Highway, Villa Rica, GA 30180

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Phone: 770-333-2220

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Northwest Georgia Oncology - Bremen

Northwest Georgia Oncology - Bremen

204 Allen Memorial Drive, Bremen, GA 30110
Carrollton

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Phone: 770-824-2222

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Northwest Georgia Oncology - a Services of Tanner Medical Center Villa Rica

Northwest Georgia Oncology - a Services of Tanner Medical Center Villa Rica

157 Clinic Avenue, Carrollton, GA 30117
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Phone: 770-333-2220

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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