Health Matters

Breast Cancer Screening

Who should get screened, how often and how?

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and early detection is the key to treatment. Dr. Don Briscoe, Director of the Longitudinal Primary Care Program at the University of Houston College of Medicine, explains who should get screened, how often and how.

“About one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their life. Some women are diagnosed after they feel a lump in their breast and others after symptoms develop. However, screening tests, like mammograms, can find breast cancer in earlier stages, when the chance for effective treatment is greater.”

“A mammogram is a specialized x-ray of the breasts and it is recommended that all women between the ages of 50 and 74 should have a mammogram every year or two. Some women who have a higher risk of breast cancer, such as a strong family history, should start having mammograms at younger ages. Women who feel a lump in their breast or who have dense breast tissue may be recommended to have other testing, such as an ultrasound.”

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