Breast Cancer

Facts

Mammograms Elaine Brooks
  • 90 % survival rate when detected in early stages
  • Your best defense is to get regular mammograms

Prevention

Early detection saves lives and increases treatment options. Schedule Your Mammogram Today!

Best Prevention Methods

  • Get your mammogram
  • Self-examination
  • Examination by healthcare professional
  • Eat healthy
  • Move more
  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Limit your alcohol use

 

Guidelines for Early Detection

Laura Gordon, breast health patient navigator for Summit Health supports the following American Cancer Society guidelines for breast health screenings:

  • Age 20 and older – self breast exam
  • Age 20 to 40 – clinical breast exam every 3 years, and self breast exams
  • Age 40 and older – mammogram every year, self breast exams and clinical exams
  • If high risk – mammogram every year and MRI, if necessary; self breast exams and clinical exams

For questions about your breast health and best time to for you to get a mammogram, ask your healthcare provider.

Treatment

  • Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Hormonal Therapy
  • Chemotherapy

 

Treatment Locations

 

Be proactive.
Early detection is the best protection.  Talk to your doctor today about your breast health.  If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, ask your doctor about your treatment options.

 

 

 

Myth

“Finding a lump in your breast means that you have cancer.”

Fact: Finding a lump does not mean you are guaranteed to have breast cancer. Actually, eight out of 10 breast lumps are benign. It is always important to discuss with your doctor any changes that are noted in your breast, because breast cancer can occur in women of all ages.

Myth
“Having a yearly mammogram will expose me to too much radiation and I will get cancer.”

Fact: The dose of radiation used in mammography equals about two hours in the sun. Mammography is an important method in early detection because mammography can detect cancer sooner than you or your doctor can feel it. Breast cancer found early offers the greatest chance of remission and survival.

Myth
“Removal of the entire breast is safer than a lumpectomy and radiation.”

Fact: A Lumpectomy involves removal of the cancer with a surrounding margin of breast tissue. The survival is similar for patients who have a lumpectomy with radiation and for those who chose a mastectomy. There is no clear winner on which surgical option is safer. Your physician will work with you to determine the best treatment option.

Myth
“Men do not get breast cancer.”

Fact: Less than one percent of all breast cancers occur in men. So, it can happen. Men should regularly check themselves and report concerns to their doctors. A small study found that, for men, the average time between first symptom and diagnosis was 19 months! Remember, early detection is the best protection.

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