By Screening for Cancer, Breast Health Improves

By screening for cancer, breast health improves for women. Having a healthy body includes making sure you screen for diseases that can take your life.

For women, breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer.

However, screening for this disease can allow you to catch problems early and treat the cancer before it spread to surrounding tissues.

But how do you get screening for breast cancer? Many women are aware of the disease, but not what to do for screening.

You’ve no doubt heard of mammograms, but not every woman needs to have a mammogram to screen for breast cancer.

Screening with a mammogram should begin after age 40 for women who don’t have a family history or suspected problem.

But before that with screening for cancer, breast cancer can be caught early. Before age 40, you still need to have screening exams.

It begins with a breast self exam (BSE) every month. The main idea here is that you know your own body.

Each month you need to familiarize yourself with your own breast tissue and look for any changes in the texture of your breasts.

You also want to look at your breasts to see if you notice any visible lumps or changes in shape.

Finally, you’ll want to squeeze your nipples and check for discharge. Unless you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not have a discharge.

Most women who have early breast cancer detection found it during a breast self exam.

If you find something unusual in your breast tissue, you’ll want to contact your healthcare provider immediately for a more thorough exam.

Your doctor may recommend further testing using sonography or mammography.

In addition to examining your own breasts, you need to have a health professional check your breast tissue every 1-3 years. Most women have this done in conjunction with their yearly pap smear exam.

If you have any suspected lumps more testing may be done. One test is the sonogram. This use sonar waves to detect lumps in the breast and determine if they are fluid-filled or solid masses.

This test is painless and can be performed in a doctor’s office or in a diagnostic lab.

The most common screening test for breast cancer is the mammogram. This is an x-ray of the breast tissue that can show solid masses in the breast tissue.

During this test, the breast is compressed between two plates to help spread the tissue and an x-ray film is taken.

Finally, a biopsy may be taken if your doctor finds a lump that he or she suspects is cancer. This is performed as an outpatient procedure where a needle is inserted to remove a piece of tissue from the affected area.

With screening for cancer, breast cancer can be caught early and the cure rate will be higher.

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