Blog - September 2018

What is the number one breast cancer symptom?

Posted on September 28, 2018 in mammography

Stop and think. What is the most common symptom for ladies diagnosed with breast cancer?

 

The answer may be a surprise:  breast cancer is most often diagnosed today in women with NO symptoms at all!  The majority of breast cancers found in women are during regular screening mammogram studies. That means women like you - feeling perfectly healthy with normal breast exams.

 

Finding breast cancer BEFORE it causes symptoms, at its smallest, most easily treated size, is our best defense against this disease. Simply put, having an annual mammogram could save your life.

 

There are breast problems that can be related to, or signs of, breast cancer:

  • A mass or lump - (although remember most breast lumps are NOT cancer, but in fact are much more likely to be a noncancerous growth or cyst)
  • Swelling or change in breast size or shape
  • Pulling in or abnormal retraction of the breast skin or nipple
  • Leakage from the nipple, often bloody
  • Dimpling of the skin of the breast or nipple (sometimes likened to the texture of the skin of an orange)

 

If you have ANY of the above signs or symptoms, see your doctor right away. But, don’t let the absence of symptoms keep you from our door!

mammogram, breast cancer, 3D mammogram

 

 

 

 

 Here's an example of a small cancer outlined by the green circle.

 It was found on a 3D mammogram in a woman without any symptoms

 

 

 

Spread the word - no symptoms does not mean no cancer! Have your yearly mammogram for your best possible breast health.

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Why start mammography at 40? It saves the most lives!

Posted on September 11, 2018 in mammography

September has arrived and with it, fall begins. Time for changing leaves, football (Go Chiefs!), breaking out the fall wardrobes and an inundation of pumpkins - and pink! The pumpkin trend we’ll leave for others to debate - you love it or hate it, it seems, but as for everything pink, we are ready and on board to bring pink ribbons front and center!

 

We are gearing up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, and want to remind everyone that now is a great time to schedule your screening mammogram or to encourage those you love to schedule their potentially life-saving screening.

  • Are you a female 40 years of age or older?
  • Has it been more than 12 months since your last mammogram?
  • Do you know 75% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have NO family history of the disease?

 

Get on the phone (816-444-9989), get online, get on our app (text “IMAGING” to 80802) or just walk in! September is a little less busy for the mammography suite, so it is a perfect time to get in and get it done!

 

We’ve blogged about the importance of the age of 40 before, but a new study (in the Journal of the American College of Radiology) spells out the importance in a simple way:

 

"The greatest number of lives saved from breast cancer based on stage of diagnosis is achieved by starting mammographic screening at age 40."

 

Simply put, to save the most lives from breast cancer, start your yearly mammograms at age 40. Saving lives - that’s what screening and early detection are all about.

 

While we have made huge strides in fighting this disease, estimates for the year 2018 are that 40,920 women and 480 men will lose their lives to breast cancer.

 

Too many by far.

 

So, as the first day of fall approaches, take the time to take care of you.

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