Breast Health Starts With You
Approximately 232,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, according to the American Cancer Society.
Women should begin performing breast self-exams (BSEs) in their 20s and speak with their health care provider about any changes in shape, tissue or appearance.
“No concern should be considered too small or difficult to discuss,” says Lesley Kibel, M.H.A., C.R.A., manager of the Kupferle Comprehensive Breast Center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. “Redness and discharge could be signs that further screening is needed.”
Screenings by Age
How often you undergo screenings for breast cancer can vary based on your family history, so discuss with your physician what’s right for you. The American Cancer Society recommends:
- Monthly BSEs for women in their 20s
- Clinical breast exams every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and annually for women in their 40s
- Mammograms beginning at age 40 and continuing annually
3-D Care is Here
The Kupferle Comprehensive Breast Center offers a wide range of breast screening services, including 3-D mammography.
“We have been firm believers in 3-D mammography since the beginning,” Kibel says. “Recent studies now suggest this technology is more effective than traditional mammography when it comes to early detection of breast cancer. This summer, we also installed software to help decrease the radiation dose associated with this screening. We are committed to offering women a high-quality, comfortable screening experience and support.”
Extra Screenings and Support
The medical staff at the Kupferle Comprehensive Breast Center is proud to offer the following advanced screening options for women:
- Breast biopsy
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging
- Diagnostic and screening mammography, including 3-D mammography
Bone density screening
“Women have choices when it comes to their care. All 3-D mammograms are performed under the supervision of a specially trained breast radiologist,” says Robin A. Skrine, M.D., F.A.C.H.E., medical director of the breast program and breast surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
“For women at higher risk of breast cancer or those who have a personal history of breast cancer, advanced screening options could help detect cancer when it is more easily treated.”
Visit TexasHealth.org/Breast-Care to take a breast cancer risk assessment and schedule a mammogram today.