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Breast Cancer Treatment in Tacoma, WA

With offices in Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Gig Harbor, & Bonney Lake

Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the breast tissue.

Breast Cancer Statistics

  • A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer sometime in her life is approximately 1 in 8
  • The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 33

Breast Cancer Causes

The cause of breast cancer is unknown, but research shows that certain risk factors are associated with the disease.

Risk Factors

Note – Research has shown that most women with known risk factors do not get breast cancer and that many women who get breast cancer have none of the risk factors listed below.

  • Caucasian women, age 50 or older
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Changes in breast tissue
  • Changes in certain genes
  • Increased exposure to estrogen over a lifetime through:
    • Early-onset of menstruation
    • Late-onset of menopause
    • No childbearing or late childbearing
    • Absence of breastfeeding
    • Taking hormone replacement therapy for extended periods of time
    • Tobacco use
    • Increased breast density
    • Radiation therapy before the age of 30
    • Overuse of alcohol
    • Physical Inactivity
  • Gender
    • 100 times more common in women than in men
    • 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women (second to lung cancer)
    • The most common form of cancer in women other than skin cancer
  • Age
    • Increases as a women ages
    • Approx. 77% of women with breast cancer are over age 50 when they are diagnosed
    • 18% are diagnosed in their 40’s

Breast Cancer Prevention and Detection

Because the cause of breast cancer is unknown, finding and treating it early is the best method of prevention.

  • Breast Self Exam
    • Women 20 or older should perform every month
  • Clinical Breast Exam by a Physician
    • Women age 20-39 should have one every 3 years
    • Women over 40 should have one annually
  • Mammography
    • Can identify a breast mass as much as 2 years before it can be detected by touch
  • Ultrasonography
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast Biopsy

You can learn more about how you can help prevent breast cancer by reading additional methods from Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC here.

Survival Rate

Early detection and treatment of breast cancer is the key to survival
When breast cancer is detected before it has spread to lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 97%

Breast Cancer Treatment Near Tacoma, WA

Typical treatments for breast cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biologic therapy. Contact our offices today to schedule an appointment at (253) 428-8700.

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 NOTICE

Important COVID 19  Information for patients of Northwest Medical Specialties

November 16, 2020 Update

IMPORTANT: NO VISITORS
During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control