Breast Cancer Detection

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Breast cancer is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. Early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses life-saving detection.

Dr. Hill:

Ninety-five percent of women who detect breast cancer while it is confined to the breast will be alive five years later. Early detection greatly increases the chance of surviving breast cancer. A good three-step detection plan for breast cancer includes:

Monthly breast self-examination starting at age 20

Clinical breast exams by a physician or other trained health care professional at least once per year and,

Yearly mammograms for women starting at 40 years of age.

If you feel any breast masses or notice any other changes in the breast such as unusual dimpling of the skin, retraction of the nipple or inflammation and redness of the skin, report these immediately to your physician.

Mammograms typically take about 20 minutes, and the part where the breast is squeezed only takes a few seconds. You can still have breast cancer even with a negative mammogram. On the other hand, 80 to 85 percent of cancers are detected.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.