It’s More Than a Pretty Color: It’s a Reminder to Take Care of Your Breasts

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is right around the corner but there’s no reason to wait until October to take care of your breast health. Get a jump start by scheduling a mammogram today!

A clinical breast exam should be conducted every three years for women in their 20s or 30s and every year for women 40 and over according to the American Cancer Society. And every month women should perform a breast self-exam. These few tasks can help save lives!

Breast Cancer in Men

Breast cancer in men is rare but it does happen. Men are not routinely screened for breast cancer unless there’s a high risk due to strong family history or inherited gene mutation. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends that men at higher risk for breast cancer have a clinical breast exam every six to 12 months, starting at age 35 and consider having a mammogram at age 40. Some breast abnormalities can be easier to notice in men than in women.

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

Thanks to mammography and other breast screenings, breast cancer can be found at an early stage, before signs appear. However, not all breast cancers are found through screenings and the warning signs are not the same for all women or men. The most common signs, in men and women, are a change in the look or feel of the breast and/or nipple and nipple discharge.

Remember, not all lumps or abnormalities in your breast are cancer. If you feel anything on your breast that concerns you, schedule an appointment with your doctor or call (513) 584-PINK.

Benefits of 3-D Mammography

3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, is the latest advancement in breast cancer detection. This screening and diagnostic tool, offered at the Women’s Center, is designed for early breast cancer detection and can be done in conjunction with traditional 2-D digital mammography. During the 3-D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps over the breasts, capturing multiple images. A computer then produces a 3-D image of the breast tissue in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist. If you aren’t sure which mammogram is best for you, talk to your doctor.

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