Breast Cancer Symptoms and Diagnosis
By Pam Stephan, About.com Guide
All breast lumps are not cancer. Learn about the four kinds of breast lumps and how they differ from one another.
Breast pain can be related to hormonal cycles, injuries, birth control pills, and infections. Sometimes the pain is actually beneath or beside the breast, even though it feels like pain inside your breast. Undiagnosed breast cancer usually does not cause breast pain, except for a few cases. Learn the causes, home remedies, and treatments for breast pain.
Breast Skin Changes
Skin changes on your breast can signal something as ordinary as a rash, sunburn, or infection. However, they sometimes indicate underlying breast cancer. Learn more about nipple health, Paget's disease and Inflammatory Breast Cancer and how they are detected and treated.
Breast imaging is done to diagnosis breast cancer as well as catch it early on. Imaging studies include: mammograms, ultrasounds, MRI, PET scans, CAT scans, and elastography.
- All About Mammograms
- Mammogram Guidelines and You
- Annual Ultrasounds Or Mammograms?
- Having a Mammogram
- Having a Breast Ultrasound
- Routine and Diagnostic Mammograms
- Mammogram Images and Descriptions
- Understand Your Mammogram Report
- Breast Ultrasound For Abnormalities
- Breast MRI
- Ductogram For Nipple Discharge
- Elastography For Breast Cancer
A biopsy is a procedure that takes a sample of tissue that is then sent for testing by a lab. It's important to get accurate results from a biopsy. If there is any disease, it's the biopsy result that will help to determine what your next course of action should be.
- Breast Biopsy Overview
- 10 Questions After A Breast Biopsy
- Fine-Needle Aspiration FNA
- Core Needle Biopsy CNA
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
- Open Surgical Biopsy
- Sentinel Node Biopsy
- Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
- Ductal Lavage Screens Milk Duct Cells
- Lymph Node Status And Treatment
Estrogen and progesterone biomarker tests results will appear on your pathology report. Understanding the test results is important because this information affects your treatment as well as your follow-up care, if you've been diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Hormone Receptor Status and Diagnosis
- Hormone - Definition of Breast Cancer Hormones
- HER2/neu and Diagnosis
- Estrogen and Your Health
Breast cancer is not just one disease, and a diagnosis is not made of just one detail. You need to know many aspects about your cancer, in order to have the complete diagnosis.
- Types of Breast Cancer
- Staging of Breast Cancer
- Comparison Table of TNM and Stages
- Tumor Grade - How Aggressive is it?
- Specimen Description: Pathology