Breast Cancer Screening

Monday, October 14, 2013

One out of every eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. How do you suspect you might have breast cancer? In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses life-saving detection.

Dr. Hill:

Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. This can help find cancer at an early stage. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread.

Early detection greatly increases the chance of surviving breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for most adults.

Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40

Clinical breast exam about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over

Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.

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. More than 70 percent of all breast cancers are discovered by breast self-examination.

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