This October, AFC Urgent Care in Hartsdale is proud to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. Approximately 1 in 8 women born today will have breast cancer at some point. This is a sobering statistic.

That being said, the good news os that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found treated early. Also good news is that detection is getting better every year.

The American Cancer Society has guidelines for the early detection of cancer:

  • Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
  • Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
  • Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.

Because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors, it’s recommended that some women  should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the US.) Others, because of dense breast tissue, or those who tend to be cystic are recommended to have ultrasounds along with the mammogram.

Talk with your ob/gyn about your history, risk for cancer, and whether you should be having additional tests at an earlier age.

For more information on breast cancer guidelines, see the American Cancer Society Early Detection website