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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! and it has hit my family HARD as my aunt passed away in 2013 from Breast Cancer. Ladies AND MEN! Know the signs, find out why its important to get screened, know your family history and check out these  6 breast cancer detection methods…

1. Mammograms- which are X-ray images of your breasts – are the most common, widely available and best-known breast cancer screening methods!

2. Ultrasoundwhich If you have an abnormal mammogram, an ultrasound is the next step it can help your doctor determine whether a lump is a potentially malignant solid tumor or a benign cyst, which is not easy to determine on a mammogram.

3. MRI- which stands for (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) use magnets and radio waves to produce multidimensional views of the breast on a TV screen and used only to screen women who have more than a 20% risk of breast cancer because of family history or gene abnormality, women under age 30 with a palpable mass, women who’ve had radiation cancer treatment, or as a follow-up to a suspicious finding on a mammogram.

4. Molecular Breast Imaging-  which produces a 3-D image that shows the heat and blood-flow patterns on or near the breast’s surface.

5. Clinical Breast Exam- which ALL women should get EVERY year!  Your primary care doctor or OB/GYN performs a breast exam to check for palpable masses, unusual ridges or any other signs of breast cancer.

6.  Breast Self-Exam- which women should do MONTHLY! Conventional wisdom tells us to do a monthly breast exam, with specific instructions on when and how to do it.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION! Find out the pros, cons, cost and which is best for you here: http://www.lifescript.com/health/centers/cancer/articles/which_breast_test_is_best_for_you.aspx

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