Know your breasts.
It sounds funny, but you are the best person to know your own breasts. You will be able to detect any changes, in most cases, earlier than anyone else. It’s important for you to follow these steps:
- Perform a Monthly Self-Breast Exam: Your doctor or nurse at The Group for Women can show you the correct way to perform this examination. They can also discuss with you the best time in your cycle to perform the exam. Pick a date on your calendar, and perform the exam every month. If you feel something unusual or different, or if you notice a change in your breast’s shape, irritation, pain, or discharge contact The Group for Women at 757-466-6350.
- Regular Annual Appointments with Your Doctor: Make sure you schedule and keep your annual appointments with your doctor at The Group for Women. As part of your annual examination, your doctor will perform a clinical breast examination.
- Recommended Tests: Mammogram, Ultrasound and MRI: There are several medical tests available to check your breast health. Your doctor will discuss your options and make a recommendation based on your age, medical history and family history. The tests are available at Mid-Atlantic Imaging Centers.
- BRACAnalysis®: If you have a personal or family history of cancer, your doctor may recommend is the BRAC Analysis test. It is a genetic test to find out if you have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation that increases cancer risk. A simple blood draw or oral rinse is all it takes to obtain a test sample. Knowing the results may make a world of difference, by empowering you and your doctor to take steps to reduce your risk for cancer. To find out more information, talk with your doctor during your annual appointment or call to make an appointment 757-466-5751. Additional information may be found at BRACAnalysis®.
According to BreastCancer.org, approximately 12 percent of all women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes. In 2011 alone, close to 300,000 American women were expected to have been diagnosed with some form of breast cancer. The good news is, we have seen a steady decrease in diagnoses over the years, along with a rising rate of survival.
Early Detection is one vital key to survival.
The Group for Woman of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake is here to assist you in maintaining proper breast health through preventative care, screenings and management of abnormalities. Early detection is one vital key to survival, and the medical staff at The Group for Women is here for you every step of the way.
Contact us at 757-466-5751 to schedule your appointment.
The Group for Women is a leader in women’s healthcare providing OBGYN services, Urogynecology, Birth Control, Hormone Replacement Therapy, office procedures and minimally invasive and outpatient surgical procedures to patients in the cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News and Hampton throughout Hampton Roads and beyond. Call us today for your appointment 757-466-5751.