Breast Cancer Screening
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Screening can help find breast cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat and by the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the types of screening options in the 60 Second Housecall.
Breast cancer screening means checking a womanís breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. Three main tests are used to screen the breasts for cancer.
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast and is the best method to detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. If you are age 40 or older, be sure to have a screening mammogram every one to two years.
A clinical breast exam is an examination by a doctor or nurse, who uses his or her hands to feel for lumps or other changes.
A breast self-exam is when you check your own breasts for lumps, changes in size or shape of the breast, or any other changes in the breasts or underarm.
Talk to your doctor about which tests are right for you, and when you should have them.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.