Annual mammograms key to early breast cancer detection

Health experts advise early screening in order to pick up cancers at very early stages./Net

Health experts advise early screening in order to pick up cancers at very early stages./Net

"People living with secondary breast cancer don't always conform to stereotypes of what cancer patients look like (e.g. hairless or frail), so others may assume they're fine", says Priestley. In urban communities the incidence is as high as one in eight. Getting an accurate reading the first time eliminates the emotional, physical and economic toll a call back can take on a woman and her family.

There's a new online support group set up for women under the age of 40 who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Vida Henderson, a research scientist at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health System, said they have screened 511 women, and of those, seven were diagnosed with breast cancer. The longer the time between screenings the more time the cancer has to grow, making it harder to treat once it is discovered. The technologist will position you, compress the breast and take images from different angles. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your physician about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.

Suri said early diagnosis through mammography can save lives.

Unfortunately, nearly 11,500 women and 80 men will lose the fight against this devastating and distressing disease each year in the United Kingdom, which is roughly estimated to 1,000 deaths each month.

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Women should regularly check their breasts for any irregularities and have a clinical breast examination by a GP or gynaecologist at least once a year. Many lumps may turn out to be harmless, but it is essential that all of them are checked. With advancements in technology, the treatment and surgery for breast cancer surgery have also changed. However, there are certain factors that would put women in a higher risk category.

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None of the women had hereditary cancer or had mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which can increase the risk of contracting breast cancer.

"Paint the Town Pink" is organized by the hospital foundation as a community-wide effort created to make a difference in the lives of Thomasville women by raising awareness of the importance of mammograms.

Some women with stage IV breast cancer say they feel isolated.

"Further studies are needed to estimate more precisely the extent to which a shorter pregnancy and heavier firstborns increase women's risk of developing breast cancer, and to study the possible causal mechanism in more depth". She said that she didn't have a history of cancer in her Haitian family, didn't smoke cigarettes, ate healthy and had none of the typical risk factors associated with breast cancer.

About 10 percent of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age. "It's like saying, 'I'm notifying you that you're tall, '" says Diana Buist, a senior scientific investigator with the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium and director of research and strategic partnerships at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle.

For those who are still menstruating they have to do it one week after their monthly periods because then there will not be hormonal disturbances, she explains.

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