Breast cancer is among the most common types of cancer that occur in women. Knowing more about this disease can help you lower your risk of getting it. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, keep the following information in mind for your next gynecological visit.
Schedule Routine Visits
Routine visits with your gynecologist are an important part of detecting breast cancer early. Finding this type of cancer early helps improve the chance of being successfully treated. Your gynecologist can check for lumps or other physical signs of breast cancer and recommend breast cancer screenings as needed. During these visits, your gynecologist will ask about your family history of breast cancer, if any, and gather other information to help determine your risk of this disease.
Have Breast Cancer Screenings Done
Mammograms are screenings that can help detect breast cancer early. Your gynecologist can let you know when you should start having these screenings done. This depends on certain factors, such as your age and your risk of having breast cancer. How often you’ll need to have a mammogram done will also depend on how old you are and how high or low your risk of breast cancer is. Keep in mind that mammograms are designed to detect breast cancer in its early stages before any physical symptoms appear.
Questions to Ask Your Gynecologist
Meeting with your gynecologist gives you a chance to ask questions about breast cancer. A few questions you might want to ask include what your risk of breast cancer is, what kinds of symptoms breast cancer can cause and when you should start having mammograms done. Your gynecologist can also provide you with information on other ways to lower your risk of breast cancer, such as through diet and physical activity.
Contact the professionals at Antheia Gynecology today to schedule your next appointment.