Cancer Awarness & Early Detection
"People should be afraid of the cancer, not the
mammogram." -Nancy Reagan
October is Breast Cancer awareness month. It is important
for women and men to practice early detection methods to help detect and
prevent breast cancer.
The Breast Self Examination is encouraged to help individuals become familiar
with normal changes and irregularities in their breast tissue. Though
a self exam cannot detect the small lumps a mammogram and regular self
exams are still recommended.
Depending on a patients family history Dr. Corbin recommends Clinical
breast exams performed by a doctor or nurse trained in this field of examination,
starting at age 20. If a patient does not have a family history of
Breast Cancer, generally Dr. Corbin recommends annual mammograms starting
at the age of 40. A mammogram is an X-Ray of the breast. The breast
is squeezed between two plates to compress the tissue so that the X-rays
can pass through it. Patients with breast implants should let the mammogram
technician or Radiologist know about the implants before the X-ray.
Two other detection methods for Breast cancer are Ultrasound and MRI.
An ultra sound produces an image of the breasts by exposing it to high-frequency
sound waves. This is generally recommended to some patients who have a
suspicious lump. Some lumps may be solid and others a fluid filled cyst.
Usually cysts are benign and just need to be drained with a needle. Ultrasound
can also be useful to guide a needle biopsy. Breast Implant patients
having needle biopsy procedures should make sure the doctor is experience
in this area to help avoid rupturing the implant. Dr. Corbin is experienced
in performing this procedure.
An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a test that uses magnets and radio
waves to create a detailed image of the breast. This test is usually an
effective way of detecting breast cancer. Women who have a family history
of breast cancer should consider a yearly scan in addition to a mammogram.
MRIS are also recommended to breast implant patients who suspect
they may have an implant rupture. Other candidates for MRIS are
women with dense breasts. Many premenopausal women have dense breasts.
This means their breasts have more glandular and connective tissue than
fat. Sometimes a woman can tell by feeling her breasts but to confirm
this they should have a mammogram. Sometimes dense tissue can hide
tumors even from the experts this is another reason women with dense breasts
are encouraged to have MRIS.
Though most breast lumps found are benign (non Cancerous) it is always
recommended to have them assessed by a professional in this area. Remember
the old saying, Better Safe than Sorry.
For the month of October 2006, Dr. Corbins breast implant patients
can book a complimentary breast exam with Dr. Corbins nurse.
This free exam will also include a lesson on self breast examination.
Early detection of breast cancer can save