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How Often Should I Do A Self Examination For Breast Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Monthly: If you still get periods, you should examine your breasts at the end of your menstration, when they are the least tender. Do it the same time every month. If you no longer get periods, then just pick the same day each month (the first sunday etc) so it is easiest to remember. ...Read more
Monthly if desired: The value of breast self exams (bse) in the early detection of breast cancer is not settled. Instead, a clinical breast exam (cbe) should be done by a health professional (e.g. Family physician) on a regular schedule such as every 3-6 months. If self exam is desired then the correct tchnique has to be practiced and verified by your doctor first. After that, a monthly bse can be done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Monthly: After your monthly period, divide the each breast into 4 quadrants while lying down and using the palmer surfaces of 3 fingers circularly check each quadrant and finally the nipple area. If there is doubt about a "lump", jump in the shower and soap your breasts. Most times, fibrocystic "lumps" disappear and the "real meal deal" stands out. See a md if you are unsure. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Doctors can you tell me when should young women start to have a screening of mammogram done for breast cancer?
Once a month: Would be fine.Get a more detailed answer ›
Start annually age40: Annual mammography starting at age 40 is recommended by majority. This is recommendation of the american cancer society, the american college of radiology, the american college of obstetrics and gynecology, as well as many others. If one has relatives (specially first-degree relatives) with breast cancer in young age, screening should start earlier. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Frequently at first: Often, there is very close follow up after ovarian cancer treatment - every 3-4 months generally. Once the cancer is in remission for over a year or so, this may extend to every 6 months. The exact follow-up schedule will depend on the type of ovarian cancer, stage of the cancer, and type of treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It Depends: It depends on your lung problems. Radiation for breast cancer may cause some lung changes on x-ray, and sometimes a cough. Women with asthma or COPD can have radiation therapy. Women with lupus or scleroderma should not have radiation therapy. You should not have radiation therapy if you have had previous radiation to your chest. Ask your radiation oncologist about your specific lung problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it recommended to do a self breast exam while pregnant and/or nursing? My breasts are going through changes so i don't know what to look for.
Depend...: Nowadays, for average-risk men between 55 and 69, check it once every 2 years; for high-risk ones - family hx of prostate cancer, black men, agent orange exposure - check it yearly. Remember the frequency of checking prostate has evolve and change fast and drastically over the past 5-7 years resulting from closer professional and industrial scrutiny; surely, such trend will continue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I have high anxiety doing breast self exams and choose not to, is It ok to have clinical breast exams from Dr every few months? If so, how often?
Yearly: At your age, a yearly exam would be appropriate. ...Read more
I have a pectus excavadum and my mammogram is always incomplete. What can they do for a thorough evaluation?
MRI: You could consider doing a bilateral breast MRI if for some anatomical reason they are unable to perform a mamogram. It is more expenisve, and dose appear to be a more sensitive test, but has a higher rate of false positive. Most insurers will deny this test for screening in patients who are not at a hightened risk of breast cancer, but it may be worth a try. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can I do to get ready for cancer treatment? I will be having a surgical treatment for cancer, how do I need to prepare? Is there a specific diet i need to follow?
Should somebody with a family history of breast cancer be more adamant about examination early in life?
Even with + fam: Hx, evidence does not support early mammo's, and they add radiation exposure. Adamant or not, the yield is so low that the risk outweighs it. It it were risk free and cheap, and there are ultrasound devices in development that might do this, there might be a case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer diagnostics : Most of the time- depending on your oncologist and type / aggression / symptoms of your breast cancer- a patient can get tumor markers with generalized labs, mammogram for the opposite side, x-rays or cts for symptomatic areas (spine or other bones), mris for suspicious lesions, and pet scans for aggressive tumors. On your breast cancer tissue- hormone receptor markers and pathology. ...Read more
See full answer: Breast self-examinations should be performed about once a month, ideally 7-10 days after your menstrual cycle if you are having periods. There are various techniques but the important point is to cover the entire breast, not just the area under the nipple. Your focus should be on getting to know the normal texture of your breast, and any changes should be reported to your physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Occasional pain in both breasts since the age of 15. is it breast cancer? i have self-examined. doesn't appear to be cancer. help!! girl,19 yrs
Right breast hurting, did a self and didn't feel anything beside maybe by my arm pit. Mastitis, breast cancer, or something else?
How to do a breast self exam? What do you look for? What does a breast cancer cyst feel like? How big or small is it? Also, is it painful?
Do small breasts have a better survival rate with breast cancer because of early detection (via self-exam)? Or are they handicapped by breast density?
Yes: Obesity is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. Fat cells can actually make estrogen, even in men, and increased estrogen levels are associated with breast cancer. So although breast cancer is quite rare in men, obese men are more likely to develop breast cancer, just like obese women. And exercise is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer... So get moving! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Breast cancer: Typically breast cancer is found at an early stage. That being said you have not said your stage or place in treatment. If you are currently under chemotherapy then you should see your oncologist . If in fact you are receiving other therapy such as radiation therapy or have recently had surgery then you should contact that physician. ...Read more
Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more
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