Prevention & Early Detection
Early detection is your best defense against breast cancer. Finding a breast lump or otherwise suspecting you have a breast problem is a frightening experience. You worry that it may be cancer, and you wonder what will happen if it is.
Fear of the unknown may cause some women to delay seeking medical attention. But if you think you might have a problem, seeing a doctor immediately is the best thing you can do for yourself.
Prompt evaluation can relieve the stress that comes from uncertainty. Your doctor can determine whether your breast lump or other symptom indicates a problem or is benign, as many lumps are.
If you have breast cancer, early diagnosis can improve your chances of early detection and successful treatment.
In fact, the five-year survival rate for women whose breast cancer is diagnosed at an early stage is 97%. The Breast Evaluation and Treatment program at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) has a special clinic for patients who need breast evaluation or a biopsy.
The Breast Evaluation Clinic helps women who:
- Have found a lump
- Have had an abnormal mammogram or breast ultrasound
- Seek a second opinion about a lump or other abnormality
- Wish to be screened for breast cancer
- Are concerned about the risk of developing breast cancer
The Center also provides regular screening mammograms and clinical breast exams, which are recommended annually for all women over age 40.
The thought of having breast cancer is frightening to everyone, and especially devastating to women. But ignoring the possibility that you may get breast cancer, or avoiding the processes to detect cancer, can be dangerous.
Breast self-examination is a procedure performed by an individual to physically and visually examine herself for any changes in the breasts and underarm areas of the body. A BSE alone cannot accurately determine the presence of breast cancer. So, BSE should not be used in place of, but in addition to, clinical breast examination and mammography.
In a recent study, digital mammography was better than traditional film mammography in detecting breast cancer in women under 50 and with dense breasts.
Myths About Breast Cancer
Female breast anatomy — Take this visual tour to understand the inner workings of the breast.
Most breast lumps are benign, as in fibroadenoma, a condition that affects mostly women under age 30. Fibrocystic breast disease is present in over 60% of all women.
An alphabetical list of important terms related to breast health.
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