In the United States, 1 in 8 women will fall victim to breast cancer.
Here are some steps that you can take to help prevent it.
It goes without saying, but nobody wants to be that one that ends up with breast cancer. Even if you’re not one of them, there is still the chance of a close family member or friend being the one-in-eight.
While going in for a mammogram may be a dreaded experience because of the diagnosis that may come after, it is critical that all women take this proactive measure to better their chances in the fight against breast cancer. It is better to cancer sooner than later.
The US Department of Health and Human Services released its October 2013 Toolkit for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and stated that after skin cancer, breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer found in women. All the more reason for women to all be educated about proper breast health.
What better time for a quick lesson on mammograms and breast cancer than National Breast Cancer Awareness month?
Why is it important to have regular mammogram checks?
- Self-checks are still important, however, lumps cannot always be felt.
- Mammograms can be fit easily into a busy schedule, normally taking just 20 minutes.
- Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among women and mammograms can help detect breast cancer at a treatable stage.
- It is important to set a good example for our daughters and the younger generations.
Can women with breast implants get a mammogram?
Of course and it is critical that women continue to have mammograms even after a breast augmentation. Breast implants do not make it impossible to have a mammogram. It is important to inform your doctor performing your mammogram that you have received implants so that they can adjust accordingly. Special techniques, like implant displacement views, are now being used to help detect abnormal tissue around the implant.
How do I ensure the best possible results for my mammogram?
Not too many are aware that the following should be avoided when going in for your scan:
Help & spread the word.
Going in armed with information before your mammogram is just as important as asking questions during your visit and will help you to be properly informed. The American College of Radiology (ACR) has created a pretty uniform system to help describe mammogram findings for their patients called the BI-RADS. Help those close to you by spreading the word!
There are also various breast procedures such as breast reconstruction surgery to help women move on once they have defeated breast cancer. To find out more about these procedures, click below to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon and check back next week to see what Michigan will be doing for Breast Cancer Action Month.