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BREAST CANCER SCREENING

Breast cancer screenings save lives

Breast cancer screening is a thorough inspection for cancer before a person is symptomatic. Breast cancer screenings aid in finding cancer at an early stage when it can be easier to treat. Generally by the time symptoms appear cancer may have begun to spread which makes breast cancer more difficult to treat.

BREAST CANCER FACTS

Here are a few facts about breast cancer:

Sources: American Cancer Society and nationalbreastcancer.org

WHAT IS BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant cancer cells begin to grow out of control and usually form a tumor in the tissues of the breast. The tumor is considered malignant or cancerous if the cells grow into the surrounding tissues and spread. When cancer spreads (metastasizes) into distant areas of the body, it can cause damage to vital areas of the body, become difficult to treat and can become fatal.

RISK FACTORS

The following are common risk factors in breast cancer:

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Women who have certain gene mutations, such as a BRCA 1 or BRCA2 mutation, have an increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer. If you have a family history of this please speak to your Rosemark provider about having genetic testing done.

SIGNS OF BREAST CANCER

Signs of breast cancer include:

While these are the most common signs of breast cancer, it is not a comprehensive list as everyone’s body reacts differently. It is critical to pay attention to potential signs and if detected, contact Rosemark immediately for an appointment.

BREAST CANCER PREVENTION

A few breast cancer prevention steps include:

In some situations, patients may be prescribed medication to treat a precancerous condition or to keep cancer from starting. If a person has a genetic predisposition for breast cancer in their family, they may opt for risk reducing surgery to prevent from getting breast cancer.

BREAST CANCER SCREENING

The breast cancer screening process at Rosemark includes an investigation of the patient’s health history, family health history and review of any recent health care concerns. Any risk factors of breast cancer will be identified and explored. The healthcare provider will perform a physical examination of the breasts to look for any symptoms of breast cancer.

At the conclusion of the physical examination, the OB/GYN doctor or other healthcare provider may order laboratory tests, a breast biopsy, or a mammogram. Yearly mammogram screenings will likely be ordered for women 40 years of age or older.

SUMMARY

Breast cancer is a very serious disease in women and is something to be aware of and to look for in oneself. If you have a family history of breast cancer, feel lumps or see changes in your breasts, speak with your Rosemark ob/gyn doctor or other healthcare provider immediately about your concerns. Early detection saves lives!