When it comes to beating breast cancer, the second-most common cancer in American women, early detection is key. The earlier the diagnosis, the more successful the treatment.
Most people who are diagnosed with breast cancer seem to have no known risk factors or any genetic predisposition; that’s why conducting self-examinations are vital.
You are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer if:
- You are a woman
- You are 50 or older
- You have any one of these symptoms
- You or anyone else in your family has tested positive for a mutation in their BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes
Regular screening could detect cancer before there are any signs or symptoms and can be completed in a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office.
There are various kinds of screening tests, including:
- Mammogram: It is a simple X-ray of the chest and, for most women, it is the easiest way to detect cancer early.
- Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): This process takes a picture of the breast with the use of magnets and radio waves and is usually coupled with mammograms to screen high-risk women.
- Clinical Breast Exam: It is a simple breast examination conducted by a medical practitioner who uses his/her hands to feel for lumps or other abnormalities.
The Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines can aid in self-evaluation of your risk factors.
Speak with your healthcare provider about these methods and their risks and benefits so that you can make an informed decision.
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