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What Every Woman Needs to Know about Breast Cancer

By: Hannah Ropp   October 2, 2019

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer in women and the second leading form of cancer-related deaths in women. Coordinated Health Breast Surgeon Cara Guilfoyle, M.D. says that women who are diagnosed with breast cancer early have the best outcomes! Here’s the top five Dr. Guilfoyle says women should know when it comes to breast cancer.

  • Anyone can get Breast Cancer – including men!  While women with a family history have a higher risk factor of getting breast cancer, all women and men are at risk for breast cancer
  • All women over the age of 40 should get Mammograms – Mammograms are an important tool in diagnosing breast cancer early!
  • Before Mammograms, women should be performing monthly self-exams – Women should be performing self-exams monthly at the end of their menstrual cycle. Be aware of any new lumps or bumps. Click here to to make sure your doing breast exams correctly!
  • Women with dense breast tissue may need special screenings – A lot of women have dense breast, which may make it harder for radiologists to detect cancer. Additional imaging like ultrasound or MRI may be needed. 
  • Pay special attention to any rashes on your breast – Inflammatory breast cancer is a more aggressive form of breast cancer that is often misdiagnosed as dermatitis. Be on the look out for redness, swelling, itchiness, enlarged pores

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