BREAST CANCER SCREENING

BREAST CANCER SCREENING

October 29, 2019

Once you attain 40 years of age, discuss with you doctor about mammograms, what it is and when to take it. Women’s in 50’s or older should have a mammogram at least once a year or more than one for the women who are a higher risk of breast cancer.

The American Society recommends that for a normal woman within the age group 45-54 should have an annual screening.  For women aged 55 or more can decide to go for more than one mammogram each year.

*Patients with higher risk factor or with a family history should refer to their chief physician about recommendations for screening.

If you notice any abnormalities in your breast health at any time or age, you should immediately consult your health care physician.

Screening Mammograms

For women with no symptoms related to breast cancer, the best screening tool in such case is a mammogram, X-ray test of the breasts (mammary glands) used to monitor breast problems, such as a whether a lump is fluid-filled (a cyst), lump and whether a lump is fluid-filled (a cyst) or a solid mass and.

The purpose of this process is to detect breast cancer in early stage. Since the number of women screening for mammograms is increasing, the number of breast cancers detected in early treatable stages has also increased.

The latest technology: Tomosynthesis (3-D Mammography)

A 3D mammography also knows as Digital breast tomosynthesis, detects breast cancer 41% more accurately and shrinks false reports (false alarms) by up to 40%.

In tomosynthesis, a beam of X-ray swings through the breast in a little arc and gives a picture of multiple “slices” of breast tissues. The series of images obtained is then examined by a radiologist. A normal breast tissue bearing some small abnormalities is detected by Digital tomosynthesis. This helps a radiologist to identify the difference between a true mass and a clump of normal tissue.

Doctors approves that the only presentation against breast cancer is early detection. Successful medical treatment and survival rate of a breast cancer patient is greatly affected by early detection. If breast cancer is identified and detected at early stage before it has spread to lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is almost 100%.

Screening recommendations:

Depending on age and risk factors, the guidelines published by National Organizations about breast cancer have different recommendations, this signifies that it is important to consult your doctor for screening option.

With the availability of more than one screening recommendation can be confusing. If you risk for breast cancer is average consult your health care provider get the best recommendation for you.

Dr. Vimalathithan is Best Surgical Oncologist in Chennai and HIPEC Specialist in Chennai who believes in ethical patient care and practice of Evidence-Based Medicine in the field of oncology. He is the best to consult for HIPEC Treatment in Tamilnadu.