Breast Cancer Screening
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
These are the most common symptoms that are associated with breast cancer:
- A lump in the breast or underarm that persists after your menstrual cycle
- Noticeable flattening or indentation on the breast, which may indicate a tumor that cannot be seen or felt.
- Any change in the size, contour, texture, or temperature of the breast
- A change in the nipple, such as an indrawn or dimpled look, itching or burning sensation, unusual discharge from the nipple that may be clear, bloody, or another color. It’s usually caused by benign conditions, but also could be due to cancer in some cases.
What is mammogram?
A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray procedure that films the internal tissues of our breasts. Mammograms are a simple exam, performed as a standard screening study, to determine the possibility of irregularities within the breast. They can reveal areas too small or too deep to feel which may or may not require further investigation.
Does Every Woman Need A Mammogram?
Yes. Presently we don’t know the cause of breast cancer, but early detection is a woman’s best protection. A mammogram may help discover a change as small as the head of a pin, years before it can be felt. Additionally, having mammograms done on a regular basis allows us to compare and study any possible cellular changes. The sooner the changes are detected, the easier and more successful the treatment.
When Should I Have My Mammogram?
The American Cancer Society guidelines, based upon numerous scientific studies, suggest that most women begin by age 40 and continue yearly for the rest of their lives. Your doctor can help you determine when you should begin and how often you should have a mammogram based upon specific medical facts in your family history.