Breast Cancer

Trinity Women's Health

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Murrieta, CA

Whether you’ve lost a friend or loved one to breast cancer, or you’re worried about your own risk, breast cancer screening gives you the information you need to make important decisions. If you’re looking for mammography or BRCA gene testing, the all-female OB/GYN specialists at Trinity Women’s Health in Murrieta, California can help. Dr. Joan Hazel Calinisan, Dr. Frances S. Kim, and Dr. Nerissa C. Safie guide you through the testing process and make referrals to trusted colleagues when necessary. Women who live in Murrieta or surrounding areas can contact the friendly staff for mammography and BRCA testing by phone or online form.

Breast Cancer Q & A

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is cancer that develops in your breast tissue, typically in the milk ducts. Cancer occurs when your cells don’t undergo their normal death cycle and instead start to divide out of control, causing malignant tumors.

Malignant breast-cancer tumors may send cancerous cells to other parts of your body via your bloodstream, a process called metastasis.

How do you get breast cancer?

Numerous factors can cause cancer, including the environment and your chemical makeup. Breast cancer is often the result of prolonged exposure to your natural hormone estrogen. You may be at increased risk for breast cancer if you:

  • Have a family history of breast cancer
  • Started your period before age 12
  • Went into menopause after age 55
  • Didn’t have any pregnancies
  • Use hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Take birth-control pills
  • Take diethylstilbestrol to prevent miscarriage

How can I tell if I have breast cancer?

Detecting breast cancer at an early stage improves your prognosis. You can examine your breasts for lumps and changes, have an annual breast exam at Trinity Women’s Health Center, and undergo regular mammograms.

If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may also benefit from BRCA gene testing.

BRCA gene testing examines your DNA through a blood or saliva sample to see if you have a genetic mutation that raises your risk for breast cancer.

Women without the mutation have a 12% chance of developing breast cancer over their lifetimes, according to statistics published by the National Cancer Institute. However, if you have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, your risk for breast cancer before age 80 jumps to about 70%.

What should I do if my tests are positive?

If you test positive for BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations, your Trinity team recommends you to a trusted oncologist so you can explore your options. If your mammogram shows a lump or area of suspicion, Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, or Dr. Safie may recommend further testing.

Contact Trinity Women’s Health about breast-cancer screenings and gene testing by using the online form or phoning the compassionate staff.