Because it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we here at Hollywood Diagnostics Center thought this would be the perfect time to go over some early detection recommendations. It is very important for women to take the time now and screen before a more serious problem can arise.
If you were not aware, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States. Early detection is key in the treatment of breast cancer. Here are some steps you can take to detect breast cancer early when it is most treatable.
Recommended Screening Guidelines
A mammogram is the most important screening test for breast cancer. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It can detect breast cancer up to two years before the tumor can be felt by you or your doctor.
Women age 40 – 45 or older who are at average risk of breast cancer should have a mammogram once a year.
Women at high risk should have yearly mammograms along with an MRI starting at age 30.
Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
The following are some of the most well-known risk factors for breast cancer. However, most cases of breast cancer cannot be linked to a specific cause. Talk to your doctor about your specific risk.
Age – The chance of getting breast cancer increases as women age. Nearly 80 percent of breast cancers are found in women over the age of 50.
A personal history of breast cancer – A woman who has had breast cancer in one breast is at an increased risk of developing cancer in her other breast.
A family history of breast cancer – A woman has a higher risk of breast cancer if her mother, sister or daughter had breast cancer, especially at a young age (before 40). Having other relatives with breast cancer may also raise the risk.
Genetic factors – Women with certain genetic mutations, including changes to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, are at higher risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. Other gene changes may raise breast cancer risk as well.
Childbearing and menstrual history – The older a woman is when she has her first child, the greater her risk of breast cancer. Also at higher risk are:
- Women who menstruate for the first time at an early age (before 12)
- Women who go through menopause late (after age 55)
- Women who’ve never had children
Hollywood Diagnostics Center has been recognized as a leader in the medical diagnostics field while performing over 30,000 diagnostic procedures annually. This includes the CT SCANS discussed in this article. The center continues to be at the forefront of medical technology by progressively updating its equipment and procedures to reflect the latest advances in medicine. HDC is your complete, one source provider of all diagnostic services.
If you are ready to do your early screening for breast cancer, then contact us today at (954) 966-3600!