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  • About Breast Cancer



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  • About Breast Cancer

  • Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control, forming tumors. Tumors can be benign or cancerous (also known as malignant or invasive) if they invade your surrounding tissues and organs or spread (metastasize) to other areas of your body.   

    The BRCA (or Breast Cancer) gene is the most common gene to mutate and cause breast cancer. Women and men who inherit this mutated gene are at increased risk of developing breast cancer and can also pass these genes on to their children. A patient can meet with a genetic counselor to discuss her risks and option. By using information about the family history of cancers, the genetic counselor can recommend whether genetic testing for breast cancer is indicated or not, and if testing is recommended which breast cancer genes should be tested.

  • Many types of breast cancer cause tumors in your breast, but not all do. You should also watch for these symptoms:

    • Breast or nipple pain
    • Nipple discharge
    • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
    • Redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
    • Skin irritation
    • Dimpling
    • Swelling or all or part of the breast


    • Abnormal mammogram
    • Atypical ductal hyperplasia
    • Atypical lobular hyperplasia
    • Fibroadenomas
    • Fibrocystic breast cysts
    • Intraductal papillomas
    • Phyllodes tumor


    • Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
    • Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC)
    • Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC)
    • Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC)
    • Metaplastic breast cancer
    • Paget’s disease (ILC)


  • About Mammography

  • Mammograms are the most effective way to detect breast cancer before there are any signs or symptoms of the disease.  Doctors recommend women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year. However, if you have a  family history of breast cancer, you should speak to your doctor about getting a mammogram sooner. Following these guidelines to detect breast cancer early improves the chance of early diagnosis and successful treatment.

    Digital mammography is a quick, low-dose x-ray of the breast. There are two types of mammograms. A screening mammogram checks for breast cancer when there are no signs or symptoms of the disease. A diagnostic mammogram closely assesses a breast lump or other symptom to check for the possible presence of breast cancer.

    3D mammography/tomosynthesis results enhance clinical performance through:

    • Earlier detection: By minimizing the effect of overlapping breast tissue, 3D mammography/tomosynthesis can help improve breast cancer screening and detection.
    • Fewer callbacks: 3D mammography/tomosynthesis helps distinguish harmless abnormalities from real cancers, leading to fewer callbacks and less anxiety for women.
    • Better visualization: Radiologists can better see the size, shape and location of an abnormality.
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  • About Anne Arundel Diagnostic Imaging

  • At AADI, all of our radiologists are highly trained in various subspecialties, including experts in women's imaging and radiation oncology. We are dedicated to providing quality radiology in a patient-friendly community setting.  As an affiliate of Anne Arundel Medical Center, we work closely with the Rebecca Fortney Breast Center and use the same online patient portal, which guarantees a seamless transition of care.

    We only use digital images and offer 3D mammography, which means a better exam for you with the lowest radiation exposure possible. Digital images allow us to detect abnormal breast tissue more clearly and reduce the need for follow-up tests.

    At AADI, radiologists with special training in breast imaging interpret every mammogram.

    We exceed the American College of Radiology’s breast imaging requirements by also offering breast ultrasound and breast MRI. 

    Contact Anne Arundel Diagnostic Imaging: 888-909-9729

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  • About Rebecca Fortney Breast Center

  • We know the thought of breast cancer and potential breast cancer surgery can be overwhelming. You can trust the Rebecca Fortney Breast Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center to provide personalized and compassionate breast cancer treatment and care that reduces stress and fosters healing.

    Our comprehensive, award-winning team of radiologists, breast and reconstructive surgeons, oncologists and other specialists are committed to you from diagnosis through the end of treatment.

    Our care team will make sure that you and your family understand all of your treatment options and know what to expect—whether that is a less invasive option or surgery.

    We’ve designed our space with you in mind, giving you easy access to all of the services you need.

    To help you during treatment, AAMC provides a number of resources for you and your loved ones. Our support services include:

    • Financial Navigation
    • Genetic counseling – (BRCA)
    • Lymphedema therapy
    • Nutrition services
    • Palliative care
    • Psychosocial counseling
    • Rehabilitation pre and post-surgery
    • Smoking cessation
    • Spiritual care
    • Support groups

    Contact the Rebecca Fortney Breast Center: 443-481-5300


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