Screening for breast cancer through a mammogram or breast self-examination helps detect the disease early. Early detection greatly improves a woman’s chances for successful treatment and full recovery is higher. As we age, women have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are older than 40 years old, but younger women may also be affected. The most effective way to detect breast cancer early is to go for a high-quality mammogram together with a clinical breast examination at the clinic.
- A Mammogram is an x-ray which examines the breast tissue. It helps detect the presence of any breast lumps even before they can be felt with the hands. Even if you do not have symptoms, go for regular mammogram. Once a year if you are 40 to 49 years old Once every 2 years if you are 50 years and above Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should discuss with their doctor whether mammograms are advisable.
- Clinical breast examination involves a visual and physical examination performed by a healthcare professional, who is trained to check the breasts and underarm area for abnormalities. If there are abnormal findings, further tests such as a mammogram, ultrasound, or a biopsy will be conducted to determine if the lump found is cancerous. Once a year if you are 40 years and above.
- Breast self-examination (BSE) involves checking your own breasts regularly, once a month about 7-10 days from the first day of your menses. The more familiar you know your breasts, the more likely you’ll be able to notice any changes. If you discover any redness, swelling, the presence of a lump or lumps, skin changes or discharge from the nipple, please consult your doctor immediately.
Take charge of your health, learn how to do a breast self-examination and make a habit to go for a regular breast screening even if there are no symptoms.
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