Donate Shop. If you're going to your doctor about a breast problem , try to be specific about your particular concern. For example, state which part of the breast is affected, how long you'vee had the problem and if it's there all the time. The following questions may help you talk with your doctor:. Only one out of every 10 breast changes will be due to cancer. However, the chance of a breast change being cancerous increases as you get older.
This is why screening mammograms are extremely important in order to detect breast cancer at an early stage so treatment can be more effective. However, as breast cancer grows, a lump can sometimes be felt in the breast or even in the armpit. It may persist even after multiple menstrual cycles, which can help a woman differentiate it from lumpy breast tissue that often is more noticeable during a menstrual cycle. Does one, in particular, carry a worse prognosis?
Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be over, but taking control of your breast health is a priority you should consider days a year, says Sarah Storey, chief program officer at Bright Pink , an organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. After all, according to statistics, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but if detected early enough, the five-year survival rate can be more than 92 percent. In other words, you want to know everything that's going on with your breasts. Once you've found that doctor, though, your job isn't over. If you haven't noticed, MDs are super busy, and if you can show up to your appointment with a toolkit of the right questions, you'll be better equipped to be proactive about breast cancer prevention.
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