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Breast Cancer Screening & Detection

Regular screening and reporting of unusual symptoms to their primary physician can assist with early detection. Although family history can alert a physician to patients with increased risk, 75% of females diagnosed with cancer have no family history.

Signs / Self-exam

Signs of abnormalities can include:

  • a lump or swelling
  • skin irritation or dimpling
  • nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
  • redness or scaliness of the nipple or breast skin
  • discharge other than breast milk
  • a lump in the underarm area

Information from the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society recognizes these as the primary methods of early screening detection:

  • monthly self breast exam for women age 20 and older
  • clinical breast exam every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s
  • screening mammogram and clinical breast exam every year for women age 40 and older

An expert panel convened by the American Cancer Society has developed new recommendations for the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for women at increased risk for breast cancer, and recommends annual screening using MRI in addition to mammography for women with a 20-25 percent or greater lifetime risk of the disease as of March 2007. The panel says in addition to mammography, annual screening using MRI is recommended for women who:

  • have a BRCA 1 or 2 mutation
  • have a first-degree relative with a BRCA 1 or 2 mutation and are untested
  • have a lifetime risk of breast cancer of 20-25 percent or more using standard risk assessment models
  • received radiation treatment to the chest between ages 10 and 30, such as for Hodgkin Disease
  • carry or have a first-degree relative who carries a genetic mutation in the TP53 or PTEN genes (Li-Fraumeni syndrome and Cowden and Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndromes).

Breast Health Center
Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth
275 Sandwich Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

To schedule a
mammogram, call
(508) 830-3000

To reach Dr. Lisa Tito call:
(508) 746-1259

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