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Breast cancer awareness is not just a campaign; it's a call to action that has saved countless lives by empowering individuals to take charge of their health. Knowledge is power in the battle against this formidable disease, and early detection remains the strongest ally. Understanding the significance of self-exams, regular check-ups and professional mammograms can mean the difference between timely intervention and more advanced stages of breast cancer.
Breast self-exams are fundamental in maintaining breast health and detecting potential issues early. Carving out a few minutes each month for self-examination can be lifesaving.
"Breast self-exams help individuals become more familiar with their bodies, enabling them to notice changes and promptly seek medical attention if anything unusual is detected," said Nandini Kulkarni, M.D., a fellowship-trained, double board certified, surgical oncologist and Medical Director of Surgical Oncology for Inspira Health. These changes might include lumps, skin texture alterations or nipple discharge.
Remember, consistency is critical. If you notice anything unusual, seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Discovering a lump or any unusual change during self-exams might lead to anxiety, but taking proactive steps is essential.
"Don't panic; not all lumps are cancerous," said Dr. Kulkarni.
First, consult your health care provider to discuss your findings. They may recommend additional tests like additional mammographic views, ultrasounds or biopsies to determine the nature of the lump. Early detection and intervention enhance the chances of successful treatment.
While self-exams are crucial, they're just one piece of the puzzle. Regular visits to a health care professional and scheduling mammograms are equally vital. “Clinical breast exams by a medical expert can catch nuances that might not be obvious during a self-exam,” said Dr. Kulkarni. “Furthermore, mammograms can detect tiny abnormalities long before they're palpable."
Mammograms are X-ray images of the breasts and are a cornerstone of breast cancer screening. Experts recommend that women over 40 years old get mammograms annually. However, the frequency and timing may vary based on individual risk factors.
“Mammograms are a tool for early detection and a means to track changes over time. Consistency in screening is key,” said Dr. Kulkarni.
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