Gynecology - Breast

Breast Problems

A woman’s breasts change throughout her life, from puberty to pregnancy and lactation and then menopause. They change each month with her cycle. Sometimes problems occur, most of these are benign (non-cancerous), like simple cysts, fibrocystic breast changes, pain and tenderness and some nipple discharges. Sometimes, however, these changes indicate a more significant problem like breast cancer.

We recommend a self-breast exam each month, a breast exam by your healthcare provider at least every 3 years from the ages of 20-39 and yearly after age 40; and a mammogram every 1-2 years after the age of 40 depending on risk factors.

Early detection is the key with breast cancer because it is usually curable at that stage.

Breast Cancer Risk Assesment Tool (link) for additional information

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