Ramon Vazquez, MD
Board Certified General Surgeon & Vascular and Endovascular Surgery located in West Palm Beach, FL
About every two minutes, another American woman gets a breast cancer diagnosis. Board-certified general surgeon Ramon Vazquez Jr., MD, provides cutting-edge treatment for various types of breast cancer, including advanced breast cancer, at his practice in West Palm Beach, Florida. Call Ramon Vazquez, MD, PA, or book an appointment online today for advanced expertise in breast cancer treatment.
Breast Cancer Q & A
What is breast cancer?
Following skin cancer, breast cancer is the second-most common type of cancer among women in the United States. About 1 in 8 American women develop breast cancer in her lifetime, as opposed to 1 in 1,000 men.
With early detection and advanced treatments from skilled surgeons like Dr. Vazquez, more women fight and survive breast cancer now than ever.
What are the types of breast cancer?
Different types of breast cancer develop depending on where in the breast the cells begin to grow abnormally, forming a lump. Dr. Vazquez treats many types of breast cancer, including:
Invasive ductal carcinoma
Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is the most common type of breast cancer, affecting about 80% of all cases. This form begins in the milk ducts.
Invasive lobular carcinoma
Less common than IDC, this type of cancer begins in the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands in the breast.
Inflammatory breast cancer
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and rapidly developing type. This form of breast cancer affects the lymphatic vessels in the skin, causing redness and swelling.
What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer vary based on the type, but may include:
- A palpable mass or lump in your breast that feels different than surrounding tissue
- Changes in the size, shape, or appearance of the breast
- Changes to the skin on the breast, including dimpling or redness
- Peeling, scaling, or crusting of the skin around the nipple (areola)
- A newly inverted nipple
You should schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as you notice a lump or any other change in your breast.
What are my options for breast cancer treatment?
Depending on the type, size, and stage of your breast cancer, treatment may include surgery in combination with additional treatment, like chemotherapy, radiation, or hormone therapy.
Dr. Vazquez stays up-to-date on the most current advances in breast cancer treatment. He performs many types of breast cancer surgery, including:
- Removing the breast cancer (lumpectomy)
- Removing the entire breast (mastectomy)
- Removing both breasts
- Removing lymph nodes
Ramon Vazquez Jr. carefully reviews your condition and recommends the best approach. Even advanced stages of breast cancer are treatable. Call the office of Ramon Vazquez, MD, PA, or book an appointment online today.