Welcome to my new blog on breast health. There is so much to talk about in breast health and breast cancer, but I will try to focus on a specific topic for the week. I will share with you information on good breast health, breast cancer detection, treatment and risk reduction. You will be updated with new information from clinical trials taking place all over the world. I will discuss myths about breast cancer, and try to separate fact from fiction for you. Posts on the blog will be about once a week, and I invite you to share this information with your family and friends. The purpose of the blog is to provide correct health information and offer ideas and tips to promote good breast health. The inspiration behind this blog is from all of my patients and, of course, you the readers. With breast cancer awareness month approaching in October, there may be a few more frequent posts. I hope you enjoy the blog! If you want to read a good article now, I am interviewed for the October Woman’s Day magazine, 20 Thing You Didn’t Know about Breast Cancer-But Should. I leave you with the current guidelines for breast cancer detection, and if you have not had your annual mammogram yet this year, please pick up the phone and call for an appointment.
General Recommendations for Breast Cancer Detection:
- Self-exam starting at age 20, preferably after cycles if still menstruating
- Clinical breast exam once a year. Some people advise every 3 years but younger women can get breast cancer. It is rare, however.
- Annual mammograms starting at age 40 with baseline mammogram at about age 35. If you are noted to be at high-risk, you may need to start mammograms earlier.