Early detection of breast cancer can help save lives
One in eight woman in the United States will develop breast cancer. And while this number seems high, more women are surviving the disease due to early detection and better treatments.
Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel is an important part of breast health. Always talk to your physician immediately about any changes you notice. Mammography is the most common screening method for breast cancer, and it is generally recommended that women begin getting mammograms at age 50. Regular visits to a physician or other health care provider is key to identifying risk factors.
Modifiable risk factors include:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Being overweight
Women at high risk – have a strong family history of certain cancers and personal history of cancer – may need to start screening earlier or consider more sensitive imaging tests like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Genetic counseling is available if a family history of certain cancers might influence screening recommendations.
Contact your physician at Marshall Family Medicine (304-691-1100), Marshall Obstetrics & Gynecology (304-691-1400) or Cabell Huntington Hospital Breast Health Center (304-526-2270) to schedule a mammogram.
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