It is crucial that you go to your doctor for a breast exam regularly. The American Cancer Society recommends women get their first mammogram at age 40 and then every two years after that. If they are over the age of 50, they should have an annual mammogram. There are many benefits to getting these exams done regularly – early detection can lead to more manageable treatment and prevention of cancer!
Early detection of breast cancer
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women.
It is estimated that in 2022 cancer will cause the death of almost 200,000 women. That’s more than one-third (36%) of all cancer deaths this year alone and an increase from 2000 when breast cancers accounted for only 27% of total cancer deaths among females in America.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds women to be vigilant about their health as they age by visiting their doctor regularly for a breast exam and screening mammograms if they are over 40 years old. As stated by Heather Richardson, detecting cancer early can save your life. Self-examination of breasts may work to detect a lump or other changes in the breast, but it is not recommended for regular screening.
A mammogram can help your doctor diagnose cancer early enough to start treatment before it spreads further and becomes more challenging to treat. This test screens for cancers by taking X-rays of breasts which are then read by a radiologist who sends them back with their conclusions on any suspicious areas that might be present and may need additional tests such as MRI or ultrasound.
The first sign of breast cancer may be pain and discomfort when wearing tight clothes or while exercising. Other symptoms include;
- Nipple discharge other than milk
- Skin irritation around the areola (the dark area surrounding nipples)
- Swelling in one arm compared with the other side
- Persistent cough producing phlegm containing blood specks
- Lumps in either the armpit or neck
- Change in size, shape, skin texture, nipple color or discharge.
The number of deaths associated with breast cancer is 44,900. This means that it is the second leading cause of death from cancers among women after lung cancer. That’s why early detection and prevention are so crucial to saving lives.
Suppose you regularly go for a breast exam at your doctor’s office. In that case, they can detect any abnormalities or changes in your breasts before anything becomes more severe than just an abnormal cell cluster – which is often not even enough to be considered cancerous. If there is something wrong with one of your breasts, like noticing lumps or masses around them, doctors can help diagnose what type of condition those things are (like cysts). And if you do have breast cancer? Then catching it right away could mean all the difference between life and death.
This is why you must regularly go to your doctor for a breast exam – it may just save your life.
Can Help Detect Other Diseases
While examining your breasts, your doctor may notice changes in the texture of your skin, such as dimpling or thickening. These are signs that you could have other diseases like cancer or infection and need to be examined by a specialist.
When detected early, most of these conditions can be treated successfully.
You’ll be More Tune with your Body’s Natural Reactions to Potential Problems
Another reason you should have a doctor examine your breasts is that it will help you understand your body’s natural reactions better. Your breasts are the first thing that a doctor looks at during an examination, and if something is wrong with them- like lumps or other abnormalities- they’re going to be able to detect those things before anything else.
Don’t let your fear of being embarrassed keep you from having a mammogram. If there is nothing wrong with them, then that’s all the better for it to be found out now rather than later in life when something might potentially go wrong and can no longer be fixed. You should also have annual exams because they allow doctors to find lumps or abnormalities before anything else develops- if not caught early enough, breast cancer has the potential of spreading throughout other parts of the body.
This also applies to any other body part or organ on your body- if there’s something wrong with them, a doctor might find out through an annual exam while they can still do something about it rather than doing nothing until later in life when things are much worse.
If you want to maintain the best health possible, you must take care of your body by going in for a breast exam. The doctor will be able to give feedback and offer advice on preventing or treating any potential conditions before they turn into something serious. Why not go today?