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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Breast Cancer Screening

It is important to catch breast cancer at an early stage in order to increase the chances of successful treatment. Earlier this month I posted some information on mammograms so I thought that I would share some links to some other useful information on screening and testing. The American Association for Clinical Chemistry has a very informative page on the types of tests for breast cancer. The goals of breast cancer testing are to identify genetic risk in high risk patients, detect and diagnose breast cancer in its earliest stages, determine how far it has spread, evaluate the cancer’s characteristics in order to guide treatment, monitor the effectiveness of treatment, and monitor the woman over time to detect and address any cancer recurrences. Check out this link for more information: Breast Cancer: Testing.

Here are some other useful links for more information on various aspects of breast cancer risk and screening:

Breast Exam (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Understanding Breast Changes: A Health Guide for Women (National Cancer Institute)

Environmental Factors and Breast Cancer Risk (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) – PDF

Atlas of Human Body: Breast -- Disorders (American Medical Association)

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