Perhaps one of the most commonly known types of cancer is breast cancer. While there are many people in the Houston area whose lives have been touched by breast cancer in some way, there are still many who believe it won't happen to them or don't receive necessary screening. Like all cancers the best chance for treatment of breast cancer is early detection. That's why it's critical to undergo the screenings that are recommended by your physician and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine has been helping his female patients manage their gynecological health for many years. His expertise and experience is critical not only in detecting and treating problems, but helping patients understand the importance of taking their own health seriously. Here, Dr. Jenkins discusses the various types of breast cancer screening.
- Breast Self-Exam: A self-exam is exactly what it sounds like, a woman checks her breasts for lumps or bumps, especially ones that are new, sore, or have changed in size and feel. This type of exam should be done monthly. A patient who believes she may have found something should schedule an appointment with her gynecologist to have it checked.
- Clinical Breast Exam: A clinical breast exam is conducted by a medical professional. This is typically part of the annual gynecology exam or if a patient has a concern. This exam is quick and painless, as the doctor or nurse uses his or her hands to feel for lumps in the breast and under the armpit.
- Mammogram: When a potential lump is found, or when patients reach the age of 40, regular mammograms should be part of a patient's medical self-care. Simply stated a mammogram is an x-ray of the breast tissue. This test is the best way to detect cancer before it progresses.
It's important to note that cancer screenings do not decrease your risk of getting cancer. However, it does improve your chances of treating the cancer while it's still in early stages. For more information about breast cancer screenings, call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine today.
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