Mammograms, Ultrasounds, Family History, Reproductive History, Dense Breasts, Age…
A lot goes into breast cancer screening, and we’re here to try and help you figure it all out.
Basically, two factors go into whether or not you’re at risk for breast cancer: being a woman and getting older.
Yes, the American Cancer Society suggests beginning screening at age 40, and the US Preventive Task Force suggests age 50, but you can screen whenever you see it necessary.
Women in their 20s and 30s can also develop breast cancer. The official baseline screening age is 35.
While it’s always good to understand your family and reproductive history, “the majority of women with breast cancer do not have a first-degree family member with breast cancer,” so it’s best to focus on yourself and not those around you.
Dense breasts also do not increase your chances of developing breast cancer. However, it does make it more difficult to detect it, which may lead to a delayed diagnosis. Therefore, women with dense breasts are encouraged to get an ultrasound as well to avoid missing a white tumor on a white background (glandular tissue, which makes dense breasts dense, shows up white on a mammography just like a tumor does).
Here are the negatives of getting screened for breast cancer: a relatively small exposure to radiation, the chance of false positives, and discomfort.
Here are the positives of getting screened early: you could save your life.
You can read the full article from Yahoo here. Ready to get screened? Call our friends at Compass Imaging today! (228) 314-SCAN (7226)