Most frequent questions and answers
Breast cancer symptoms may present as a:
- Painless lump in breast
- A rash around the nipple (Known as Paget’s disease)
- Skin changes
- Skin redness
- Skin thickening and rash can occur in Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- Lump in armpit
- General Swelling
- Nipple pain
- Nipple redness
- Nipple swelling
- Nipple discharge
- Sallen lymph nodes in the sourounding areas
Risk Factors You Cannot Change.
Getting older. The risk for breast cancer increases with age; most breast cancers are diagnosed after age 50.
Genetic mutations. Inherited changes (mutations) to certain genes, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2. Women who have inherited these genetic changes are at higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Reproductive history. Early menstrual periods before age 12 and starting menopause after age 55 expose women to hormones longer, raising their risk of getting breast cancer.
Having dense breasts. Dense breasts have more connective tissue than fatty tissue, which can sometimes make it hard to see tumors on a mammogram. Women with dense breasts are more likely to get breast cancer.
Personal history of breast cancer or certain non-cancerous breast diseases. Women who have had breast cancer are more likely to get breast cancer a second time. Some non-cancerous breast diseases such as atypical hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ are associated with a higher risk of getting breast cancer.
Family history of breast cancer. A woman’s risk for breast cancer is higher if she has a mother, sister, or daughter (first-degree relative) or multiple family members on either her mother’s or father’s side of the family who have had breast cancer. Having a first-degree male relative with breast cancer also raises a woman’s risk.
Previous treatment using radiation therapy. Women who had radiation therapy to the chest or breasts (like for treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma) before age 30 have a higher risk of getting breast cancer later in life.
Women who took the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES), which was given to some pregnant women in the United States between 1940 and 1971 to prevent miscarriage, have a higher risk. Women whose mothers took DES while pregnant with them are also at risk.
Risk Factors You Can Change
Not being physically active. Women who are not physically active have a higher risk of getting breast cancer.
Being overweight or obese after menopause. Older women who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of getting breast cancer than those at a normal weight.
Taking hormones. Some forms of hormone replacement therapy (those that include both estrogen and progesterone) taken during menopause can raise risk for breast cancer when taken for more than five years. Certain oral contraceptives (birth control pills) also have been found to raise breast cancer risk.
Reproductive history. Having the first pregnancy after age 30, not breastfeeding, and never having a full-term pregnancy can raise breast cancer risk.
Drinking alcohol. Studies show that a woman’s risk for breast cancer increases with the more alcohol she drinks.
Mammography requires some degree of breast compression to avoid overlap of breast tissue.
It’s essential to avoid overlap for correct diagnosis.
However at our center we are extremely careful and gradually proceed with compression with your comfort in mind.
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Non-surgical means no need for open wound or sutures.
Dr Grover performs non surgical, minimally invasive procedures with a tiny incision without the need of sutures.
It will take 20-25 mins.
Do not use deodorant or creams or, powder in your armpits.
Wear comfortable clothes on top which can easily be removed to perform the Mammography.
Deodorant has small zinc and aluminum particles which can mimic calcifications on the Mammography. Calcifications can be an early sign of malignancy. So it is essential that there is no artifact due to deodorant use.
Yes, we do require your prior images. Priors are very very important for Breast Imaging. We use them for comparison and diagnostic as well as decision making.
If the radiologist finds an abnormality you will be called back for additional views. 80% of call backs are benign and do not require any additional interventions. If you require a biopsy, you will be notified and detailed discussion of your results will be done.
If you or your doctor felt a lump, you will need a Diagnostic Mammogram and a Breast Ultrasound.
We request your referring clinician for an order to get a Diagnostic Mammogram and Ultrasound.
We are proud to offer Contrast Enhanced Mammography, which is highly sensitive and specific tool for cancer detection. It is FDA approved and a great replacement for Breast MRIs, it requires only 10 minutes to be performed and it is ideal for cancer detection.
A clinical exam is as important as a mammogram. At Wiiin we are breast experts and we provide comprehensive Breast Exams, Mammograms, Ultrasounds and Contrast Enhanced Mammogram.
The American College of Radiology recommends an annual mammogram starting age of 40 in women with average lifetime risk of breast cancer. If you have a strong family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer and/or a known genetic mutation you will need a screening earlier, depending on the risk factors. We provide a customized risk assessment and a screening plan based on your family history, personal history and genetic tests.
An ultrasound is a great test for dense breast tissue, however it cannot replace a mammogram. There are many signs of cancer which cannot be always seen on an ultrasound such as micro calcifications, architectural distortions etc. A combination of Mammogram and Ultrasound is the best approach.
- You should begin annnual exam routine.
- Get a mammography earlier.
- You may need a breast MRI or a Contrast Enhanced Mammography.
- You may require supplemental breast ultrasound.
- You are welcome to call us and we will be happy to answer all your questions.
75% of new breast cancers occur in patients without any family history.
You’re not necessarily protected. The best way to stay protected is to have an annual mammography.
Mammography detects Breast Cancer much earlier than it becomes clinically obvious. In women older than 80, or women with less than 5 year life expectancy clinicians can consider not doing a mammogram.
Please don’t! Early detection is the key to long term prognosis.