Taking A Stand on Breast Cancer Awareness
As the holiday season is quickly approaching, it’s often normal to feel that time is quickly passing by. However, we must remember to take the time that’s needed to maintain our health and wellbeing.
I wanted to touch on the topic of breast cancer, which is constantly in the news. It is an important subject; according to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 231,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed amongst women in the Unites States during 2015.
Since the best way to combat breast cancer is with early detection, breast self-exams, annual check-ups and mammograms are critical in the fight against breast cancer. Here are some health terms we should all understand:
Self-Exam: Learn how to perform regular self-exams. While some cancers are too tiny to feel, and most lumps are not cancer, self-exams are a proactive way to help take care of yourself.
Clinical Exam: A clinical exam is a breast exam performed by a health care professional. It’s a basic part of women’s check-ups, starting at age 20.
Mammogram: This is a special type of X-ray taken to look for abnormal growths or changes in breast tissue. It’s a key tool in breast cancer detection, though no test is perfect.
MRI: MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging and is often used to detect breast cancer.
Ultrasound: Doctors sometimes use ultrasound images to determine more details of a lump.
Biopsy: When doctors perform a biopsy, they remove cells from a suspicious mass to see if it’s cancer.
Breast Reconstruction: Breast reconstruction is a series of surgical procedures performed to recreate a breast. Reconstructions are commonly done after one or both breasts are removed as a treatment for breast cancer. Advanced options for Scottsdale breast augmentation can be a great decision for breast cancer survivors.
If you have any questions, be sure to talk to your trusted health care advisor.