How Much Do You Know About Breast Cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The incidence of breast cancer continues to rise. The American Cancer Society estimates that 109 to 2,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

Screening mammography is the best tool for detecting breast cancer. A mammogram is able to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, up to two years before a lump can be physically felt. Women who are diagnosed early through mammography have a 97 percent survival rate. The Health Alliance offers advanced mammography technology capable of providing the most accurate results possible. Full-field digital mammography takes a digital X-ray of the breast, allowing for a clearer read and greater ease in for a clearing read and greater ease in transmitting results to your primary doctor or specialist. The R2 ImageChecker is a computer software program used as a "spell check" for mammograms that is able to detect an additional 20,500 cases of breast cancers for every 100,000 cancers currently detected by screening mammography alone.

Mammography alone cannot detect all breast cancers. The diagnostic accuracy of mammography alone is approximately 85 percent. Yearly examinations by your physician and monthly breast self-examinations, in addition to yearly mammogram, are the best defense against breast cancer. If you do not have a primary care physician, call 1-888-749-DrDr to find a physician in your area.

All of diagnosed breast cancers, 75 percent occur in women who do not have any specific risk factors. The number one risk for breast cancer is simply being a woman. While women over 40 or those with a personal or family history of breast cancer are at an increased risk, women of all ages and backgrounds can develop breast cancer and should be regularly screened.

Eight out of ten breast tumors found are benign (noncancerous). Given the rate of breast cancer, it is best to be cautious when evaluating breast tumors. Although eight out of ten tumors found are noncancerous, the two cases of breast cancer that are found early could save a life.

Warning signs of breast cancer include pucker of the skin, dimpling of the nipple, skin discoloration an certain types of discharge from the nipple. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, contact your doctor to help evaluate the problem.

Fibrocystic disease is not a cancerous condition. Fibrocystic changes in the breast are neither a result of cancer nor an indication of breast cancer. All lumps, however, should be discussed with your physician.

To schedule a mammogram through Mobile Mammography, please call 513-686-3300.