First, perform a monthly breast self exam. It only takes a few minutes, and it may reveal the presence of a lump.
Second, get an annual mammogram. Most women should start annual breast cancer screenings at age 40, but your doctor may urge you to begin sooner if you have other risk factors.
Finally, know your family history. Ask your relatives if any women in the family have had breast cancer, and whether it occurred pre- or post menopause. The earlier the onset of a relative's breast cancer, the sooner you may want to begin screenings.
To help catch breast cancer before it's too late, follow these simple steps and see your doctor right away if you notice any changes in your breasts.
In addition to a skilled staff of radiologists and mammography technologists, midland memorial has the newest digital mammography units available.
To schedule a mammogram at midland memorial, call 432-682-XRAY (9729). also, log onto midland-memorial.com for a complete list of breast cancer awareness events around the basin throughout the month of October.