Almost 13% of all women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Most experts recommend that low-risk women and people with breast/chest tissue begin having annual screening mammograms at age 40. Women who are high-risk for breast cancer may be advised to start breast cancer screening at a younger age or have additional imaging studies performed such as breast MRI.
Although mammograms and a breast exam with a health care provider are great ways to detect breast cancer, it is important to have what is called “self-breast awareness”. This means knowing what is normal for your breasts and seeking care when it isn’t.
It is imperative to see a provider right away if you notice: an itchy or scaly rash on the breast, dimpling of the skin, skin discoloration or a change in color of the breast, a lump in the breast or under the armpit, a change in the size or shape of the breast, nipple discharge, or any other symptom or breast change that concern you.
In our office we offer breast exams performed by a provider, referral for mammography, and testing for genetic mutations (such as the BRCA gene) that may indicate you are at a high risk for breast and other types of cancer.
Research has shown that a recommendation from a family member, friend, or healthcare provider can impact a woman’s decision to engage in breast cancer screening. Remind the important people in your life that breast cancer screening should be a top priority. Call our office today at 515-288-3287 to schedule an appointment to discuss breast self-awareness and breast cancer screening with a provider.
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