Breast cancer screening is a routine exam completed by a medical provider. It consists of an examination of the breasts for lumps, moles, changes in shape, discharge, or changes to the nipple. Women will be placed in different physical positions which allow for the medical provider to determine if there are any changes due to movement. Additionally, a mammogram can be conducted to screen for cancer. A mammogram is a type of x-ray that allows the medical provider to screen for cancer that is unseen to the eye. If during any of the exams, an abnormality is discovered, then the medical provider will order a biopsy to be sent to a lab for examination. The lab can also provide an analysis of the type of severity of the cancerous tissue.
Women are advised to do a self-breast examination monthly in the middle of their menstruation cycle. Additionally, women should be screened annually by their medical provider as an augment to other medical examinations. Most women over the age of fifty should also be screened with routine mammograms. If deemed high risk due to family history, these mammograms may be more frequent. Speak to your medical provider to obtain more information.
Often the first symptom of breast cancer is a lump in the breast area. While most lumps are benign, it is always recommended to obtain medical advice whenever a lump is discovered. Additionally, symptoms that need to be disclosed to a doctor include pain in the armpit or breast that is not explained, rashes on the nipples or breast, changes in the consistency of the skin of the breast or nipple, a lump in the armpit, thick tissue on the breast, changes in size of breasts, discharge from nipple, changes in appearance to the nipple, and any skin conditions related to the nipple or skin of the breast.
"Follow up is always fast and over 17 years, I have not ever experienced anything but friendliness, compassion, and caring from everyone there."
"Been going here for over 15 years. Never had a bad experience. The doctors have all been compassionate and helpful."
"I really like this place! I came here before I got pregnant and now I keep it as my primary care during my pregnancy. I would recommend The Women's Health Center."
"I went here for my pregnancy and received very good care. Doctors and Nurse Practitioners are highly professional and nice. I would highly recommend this practice."
"The staff was always very kind, friendly and helpful and, best of all, I seldom had to wait very long for my appointments."
"I have been a patient in this office for 5 years and during that time I have had the opportunity to consult with 3 of the doctors--all of them were wonderful."
"Dr. Nguyen is amazing and the hubby and I are so thankful I have her as my OB. I can say that she is extremely genuine and caring and it makes everything better."
"You can trust Dr. Nguyen when you have any concerns or questions during pregnancy. What I love about her is that I didn't feel rushed."
"I was so happy when I found out I was having twins this year cause I knew she was gonna be my doctor! She takes her time with her patients and is so smart and kind."
"Dr. Nguyen herself is very knowledgeable, very very informative, answers all my questions (small and big), so reliable, and had a great personality."
"Dr. Tracy never failed to be honest, discuss risks with us. She is also such a genuine and caring person and doctor."
"I've been following Dr. Tracy for over 14 years. She is an excellent OBGYN who has performed 3 of my C-sections."
"Dr. Tracy is extremely knowledgable and thorough. She is able to answer all my questions. I can definitely trust her with my life. I recommend her."
"I honestly feel that Dr. Tracy is like an old friend--we get to catch up once or twice a year. I feel comfortable talking to her about anything."
"My last pregnancy was amazing with no complications and Dr. Tracy was great!!"
"She is so calm and caring. I loved being able to be 100% myself when I had an appointment with her."