Gynecology - Breast
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.