Early Detection Saves Lives!
Thanks to improvements in treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today.
Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic regular health exam by a health professional preferably every 3 years. Starting at age 40, women should have a clinical breast exam by a health professional every year.
Breast self-examination is an option for women starting in their 20’s in conjunction with a clinical breast exam. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
For detailed information click on the below link to American Cancer Society Guidelines
NON Cancerous Breast Conditions
BENIGN BREAST LUMPS–Most breast lumps are not cancerous (benign). Still, some may need to be sampled and viewed under a microscope to prove they are not cancer.
FIBROCYSTIC CHANGES–Most lumps turn out to be fibrocystic changes. The term fibrocystic refers to fibrosis and cysts. Fibrosis is the formation of scar-like (fibrous) tissue, and cysts are fluid-filled sacs. Fibrocystic changes can cause breast swelling and pain. This often happens just before a woman’s menstrual period is about to begin. Her breasts may feel lumpy and, sometimes, she may notice a clear or slightly cloudy nipple discharge.
OTHER BENIGN BREAST LUMPS—Benign breast tumors such as fibroadenomas or intraductal papillomas are abnormal growths, but they are not cancerous and do not spread outside the breast to other organs. They are not life threatening. Still, some benign breast conditions are important because women with these conditions have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.