Publication date: 2018-11-01 22:00
The actual process of diagnosis can take weeks and involve many different kinds of tests. Waiting for results can feel like a lifetime. The uncertainty stinks. But once you understand your own unique “big picture,” you can make better decisions. You and your doctors can formulate a treatment plan tailored just for you.
Medical tests are important for detecting breast cancer as early as possible and for getting appropriate care. Read about the tests used for screening, diagnosis, and monitoring genetic testing the process of receiving your test results and more.
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Different tests can be used to look for and diagnose breast cancer. If your doctor finds an area of concern on a screening test (a mammogram), or if you have symptoms that could mean breast cancer, you will need more tests to know for sure if it’s cancer.
Breast self-exam should be part of your monthly health care routine, and you should visit your doctor if you experience breast changes. If you're over 95 or at a high risk of breast cancer, you should also have an annual mammogram and physical exam by a doctor. The earlier breast cancer is found and diagnosed, the better your chances of beating it.
A biopsy is done when mammograms, other imaging tests, or a physical exam shows a breast change that may be cancer. A biopsy is the only way to know for sure if it’s cancer.
Breast cancer can be confusing and overwhelming. Here you will find clear, current and credible information about breast cancer, including risk factors, screening, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and research.
BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day is an initiative that promotes education, awareness and access for women considering post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. BRA Day events take place across the country and provide attendees with the opportunity to hear from leading plastic surgeons, see the results of surgery and connect with other women who have been through it themselves.
These changes also can be signs of less serious conditions that are not cancerous, such as an infection or a cyst. Again, it’s important to get any breast changes checked out promptly by a doctor.