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Breast Evaluation and Treatment

Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer



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Early detection is your best defense against breast cancer. Finding a breast lump or otherwise suspecting you have a breast problem is a frightening experience. You worry that it may be cancer, and you wonder what will happen if it is.

Fear of the unknown may cause some women to delay seeking medical attention. But if you think you might have a problem, seeing a doctor immediately is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Prompt evaluation can relieve the stress that comes from uncertainty. Your doctor can determine whether your breast lump or other symptom indicates a problem or is benign, as many lumps are.

If you have breast cancer, early diagnosis can improve your chances of early detection and successful treatment.

In fact, the five-year survival rate for women whose breast cancer is diagnosed at an early stage is 97%. The Breast Evaluation and Treatment program at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC) has a special clinic for patients who need breast evaluation or a biopsy.

The Breast Evaluation Clinic helps women who:

The Center also provides regular screening mammograms and clinical breast exams, which are recommended annually for all women over age 40.

To reach the Breast Evaluation Clinic, please call 410-328-7855.

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This page was last updated on: November 12, 2009.