Routine care is the best way to keep you and your breasts healthy. Although detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages is the primary goal of regular breast care, other benign conditions may also be discovered.
One in 8 women in the United States gets breast cancer in their lifetime. However, by diagnosing breast cancer early, we provide the best chance of successfully treating or curing it. The following are two things you can do to stay healthy.
1. Schedule Your Mammogram
All women should get a mammogram to scan breast tissue for tumors or other abnormalities that might indicate breast cancer. Here’s what you need to know:
- A mammogram is typically performed for the first time when a woman is between 40 and 50 years old.
- Women should have a repeat scan every 1 to 2 years.
You should work with your doctor to determine when you should get your first mammogram and how often they should be performed based on your family history and other factors.
2. Report Any Breast Changes
Although regular mammograms are the preferred breast cancer screening tool, you should still be familiar with the way your breasts typically look and feel. You should report any of the following changes to your doctor:
- A change in the look or feel of the breast
- A difference in the look or feel of the nipple
- Nipple discharge
If your physician recommends a radiology imaging test, such as a diagnostic ultrasound or mammogram, in that case, you should have this performed before you meet with a breast surgeon. Your surgeon will review your images and reports before your pre-operative appointment.
If it is time for your first or follow-up breast exam, please call our Central Scheduling team at 201.967.7130 to schedule an appointment today.