A number of years ago my mother had a group of calcium specks on her mammogram that turned out to be an early breast cancer. We were all very lucky. The mammogram made it possible for her to be cured just taking out the specks with a lumpectomy. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and every woman should be sure she is up to date on her breast exam and her mammogram.
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts that can find abnormal changes in breast tissue that cannot be felt during a breast exam. It is used for women who have no breast complaints and for women who have breast symptoms, such as a change in the shape or size of a breast, a lump, nipple discharge, or pain.
Not every breast cancer can be found on a mammogram. One type in particular is called Inflammatory Breast Cancer. There are no lumps or bumps; just an inflamed, warm, swollen breast. IBC requires a biopsy to make the diagnosis. But breast exams and mammograms help find most types of breast cancer.
Protect your breasts. Let your doctor check them and get a mammogram.
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Mache Seibel, MD