The Breast Health Center at UPMC provides accurate breast testing results and treating a wide variety of breast health issues. Highly advanced imaging technologies help our physicians to recognize breast cancer and serious breast health issues at an early stage, ensuring the best possible outcomes.
If your mammogram came back abnormal, the next step is to determine whether the abnormality is malignant or non-malignant. A malignant diagnosis refers to a cancerous tumor found through a more thorough diagnostic test. A non-malignant diagnosis means the tumor or breast abnormality is not cancerous, but still may be a serious issue.
Some of the diagnostic procedures our breast health specialists use to further diagnose breast abnormalities found in mammograms are:
At the Breast Health Center at UPMC, we offer a variety of advanced tests to evaluate breast abnormalities in Williamsport, PA and the surrounding region. For the breast health services you need, Find a Provider.
For more information about breast abnormalities, call 570-326-8200.
It is important to not panic if you discover an abnormality. Many breast irregularities are non-cancerous and put you at a low risk for immediate medical attention. Lumps may sometimes develop from menstrual changes in your body. However, it is very important when you notice these changes to contact your doctor. Do not attempt to self-diagnose.
You should consult your doctor immediately if:
There are a variety of other non-cancerous breast health issues and a wide range of severity levels for a breast diagnosis. Your doctor will sit down to review the results with you and discuss options for treatment. Treatments will vary depending on the diagnosis and severity of the breast condition, but UPMC offers a comprehensive selection of breast treatments. Some of the possible conditions that result in a non-malignant diagnosis are:
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, our specialists at The Breast Health Center at UPMC can ease your worries.
Breast cancer can form in the tissue of the breasts, usually in the ducts (tubes) that carry milk to the nipple and milk-making glands. It can occur in both men and women, but it is more prominent in females. Cancer is when the cells in your body become abnormal and/or divide without control or order. A cancerous tumor is when those rapidly out of control cells form too much tissue.
It is difficult to determine exactly why you developed breast cancer, but there are a variety of risk factors that are linked to breast cancer diagnosis. If your family has a history of breast cancer or if you have already had breast cancer, your risk is greatly increased due to genetic makeup. Dense breast tissue, regular benign breast issues, aging, obesity, and a variety of other things may be contributing factors. Check out our comprehensive list of breast cancer risk factors.
The most common type of breast cancer begins in the milk ducts and is called ductal carcinoma. Another more common type, lobular carcinoma, occurs in the milk-producing glands. Less common types of cancer include Paget’s disease, inflammatory breast cancer, and triple negative breast cancer.
Your doctor will sit down to explain the positive test results with you and share possible treatment options for your breast cancer. They will give you all the information you need to stay informed and make sure you see the correct physicians and receive the best medication.
UPMC's Breast Health Center offers advanced testing, diagnosis and treatment for breast abnormalities in Williamsport, Pa. and the surrounding areas.