Breast Cancer Awareness All Year Long

At The Group, our medical professionals are dedicated to providing our patients the education and examinations they need to be proactive.

Did you know that about 1 in 8 women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime? In 2017, an estimated 252,710 American women will be diagnosed with new cases of invasive breast cancer and 63,410 American women with non-invasive breast cancer.

At The Group, our medical professionals are dedicated to providing our patients the education and examinations they need to be proactive. JoAnn Neilson, Nurse Practitioner at The Group, explained that even though the American Cancer Society Guidelines recommend starting annual mammograms at age 40, women should always have a breast exam at their annual appointment.

“Although the incidence of breast cancer in young women is much lower than that of older women, young women’s breast cancers are generally more aggressive, are diagnosed at a later stage, and result in lower survival rates,” she said. “In fact, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women younger than 40.”

We know the importance of early detection of breast cancer, that’s why we perform medical examinations of the breast at all annual exams and teach women to do self breast exams.

When doing a monthly breast exam, women should feel the breasts while lying down and look for:

-              Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color

-              Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling

-              Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin

-              A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple

-              Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling

-              Nipple discharge from one or both nipples

-              Changes in tissue or thickening of breast tissue

“If a breast change is detected, you should call our office for a breast exam,” Jo said. “If a breast mass or change is noted, we will refer you for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound.”

At The Group, we care so much about the health of our patients and we want you to be proactive about breast cancer prevention. If you haven’t scheduled your annual exam or you have questions about performing a self-breast exam, give us a call at 563-355-1853!

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