Breast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer is best treated at reputable centers with combined disciplines attending tumor boards and individualized for each patient’s needs.
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women. One in eight women will develop breast cancer.
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Breast cancer does seem to have both genetic and hormonal risk factors:
- Genetic causes: Immediate family history increases your risk 2-3 times.
- Hormones: Extra exposure to estrogens after menopause if taken more than five continuous years
- Having first child after the age of 30.
- Earlier than age 12 onset of menarche
- Late menopause after the age of 55
- Abnormally short or long menstrual cycle.
- Increasing age over 50
- Being overweight
Warning signs of Breast Cancer:
- New lump in the breast or armpit
- Pain or tenderness in the breast
- Alteration of size or shape of the breast
- Alteration of the breast skin or in the nipple
- Itching or burning nipples, or ulceration of the nipples
- Abnormal bloody or clear discharge from the nipple
Do not use any center for imaging techniques, ask your physician for recommendation and follow up with your results and future appointments better pricing not always has reliable quality.
Diagnosing Breast Cancer
Visit us with any concern
0—More information is needed. You may need another mammogram before a score can be given.
1—Nothing abnormal is seen. You should continue to have routine screening.
2—Benign conditions, such as cysts, are seen. You should continue to have routine screening.
3—Something is seen that probably is not cancer. A repeat mammogram should be done within 6 months.
4—Something is seen that is suspicious for cancer. You may need to have a biopsy.
5—Something is seen that is highly suggestive of cancer. You will need to have a biopsy.
For women who are at average risk of breast cancer and who do not have symptoms, the following are suggested:
- Clinical breast exam every 1–3 years for women aged 25–39 years
- Clinical breast exam every year for women aged 40 years and older
If you are aged 40 years or older, you can start the conversation with these questions:
- What are my chances of having breast cancer?
- When should I start getting regular mammograms?
- How often should I get them?
- You can ask more specific questions based on your age. If you are aged 40–49 years:
- What are the pros and cons of getting mammograms before I turn 50?
- If you are aged 50–75 years:
- What are the pros and cons of getting mammograms every 2 years instead of every year?
- If you are older than 75 years:
- Do I need to keep having mammograms?
You and your ob-gyn or other health care professional should share information, talk about your wishes, and agree on when and how often you will have breast screening.