The primary goal of any breast examination is to ensure that there are no abnormal findings in the patient’s breasts. According to Dehn and Asprey (2007), 60% of breast cancer victims survived with the help of breast examinations. The American Cancer Society recommends women over 40 years of age to annually have their breast examinations since women at this age are prone to breast irregularities (abnormalities increases with age). Clinical Breast Examination otherwise CBE, aims to detect early symptoms of breast cancer to prevent progression. Since most breast cancers are detectable at the latter stages, CBE or mammography can ultimately heighten the chances of patient survival. Women under 40 should have regular CBE while women 40 and above should get mammography annually.
A mammogram is an x-ray for the breast. This equipment is used to detect any tumors inside the breast. Women that are breastfeeding may still go through this, but it may not be accurate as breast tissues are still dense at this period. After such procedure (breasts are compressed), a result will come out that will be analyzed by the doctor. He/she will check if the results confirm abnormalities in the breast. Further tests such as biopsy will be done to ensure that the abnormality is indeed cancerous.
There are a lot of reasons for having breast cancer, it could be genetics, from drinking liquor, tobacco smoking, obesity, birth control pills, and the likes. Even if we have these systems to check tumors in the breast, it is still best to have a healthy lifestyle to avoid having one. Consult your doctor about breast examinations, better to be safe than sorry.
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