For both men and women, breast disease can be a deadly risk. As your main source of medical support and advice, your doctor is always available to answer any questions you may have about your risk factors and breast cancer concerns. The next time you visit your breast cancer care physician, consider asking the following questions or any other queries you may have about the future of your health.
Am I at an increased risk for breast cancer?
While anyone can develop breast cancer, there are a variety of factors that can put you at an increased risk. A woman of 45 years or older, or who has a family or personal history of cancer, may be at a higher risk for the condition. With your doctor’s help, you can evaluate your medical and family history and determine your personal breast cancer screening schedule.
If I feel a lump in my breast, is that a sign of cancer?
Some lumps felt in the breast can be signs of cancer. Others, however, can be the result of other breast changes that occur due to natural aging or after breastfeeding. Fibroadenoma is also a common, benign lump that can manifest in the breast tissue. Regardless of the cause, it is important to consult your physician if you notice a new lump in your breast.
How often should I perform a breast self-exam?
After evaluating your personal risk factors for breast cancer, your physician may recommend that you perform breast exams at home on a regular basis. These tests, when performed monthly, can help a woman become more familiar with the size, shape, look, and texture of her breasts, making her more likely to notice any changes that may occur. Doing regular exams, therefore, may help you to get an earlier diagnosis if cancer does develop.
Communicating well with your physician will help you remain in optimal health. For more information about the prevention and treatment of breast cancer, contact the practice of Marla W. Dudak, MD at (888) 418-6759.