Breast Cancer Screening Exams
Because early detection and diagnosis is so important in the management of breast cancer, Esplanade Women’s Care founder Dr. Raleigh Unterseher strongly encourages his patients to conduct self-examination of their breasts on a regular basis. In addition, patients should obtain an annual breast exam by an experienced practitioner. The goal of screening exams for breast cancer is to find cancers before they have a chance to cause symptoms and spread beyond the breast.
If you are over the age of 40 and have no family history of breast cancer, Dr. Unterseher recommends getting a screening mammogram every year. No test is perfect, and a screening mammogram can miss some cancers and can result in women that don’t have cancer end up having additional procedures on their breasts.
The American Cancer Society believes the use of mammograms, clinical breast exams, and finding and reporting breast changes early according to current recommendations offers women the best chance to reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer.
Some women are at very high risk of breast cancer such as women that:
- carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation or have a first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister, or child) with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.
- Have had radiation therapy to the chest when they were between 10 and 30 years old.
- Have a cancer associated syndrome personally or in a first degree relative. (Example: Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, Cowden Syndrome, Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba Syndrome)
Dr. Unterseher may advise women at very high risk of breast cancer to get both an annual mammogram and MRI.
If you are interested in more information regarding breast cancer screening and are in need of an experienced, reputable, and personable OB/GYN, we encourage you to call our professional and caring staff at Esplanade Women’s Care under the direction of Dr. Raleigh Unterseher.
Don’t wait – call us today at (530) 332-9288 to schedule your confidential consultation.