Q. At what age should I get a mammogram?
A. It is recommended that women age 35 should have a baseline (first) mammogram, or earlier if a family member has had breast cancer under the age of 50 years of age. Mammorgams should be done at least once a year. However, if you have possible symptoms of breast cancer, or other concerns, you should consult with your physician about earlier or more frequent mammograms.
Q. What are some of the symptoms of breast cancer?
A. It is important to know that breast cancer often has no symptoms until it is in an advanced state. However, these symptoms sometimes occur with breast cancer: new lumps or dimples in the breast, nipple changes (color, size, shape, location), persistent rash, breast swelling and/or redness, and in some rare instances, Paget's Disease, an uncommon form of breast cancer can be manifested by skin inflammation.
Q. One of my breasts is larger than the other, should I be worried?
A. It is very common for a woman's breast to be different in size. If the size difference is extreme, or if your breast has only recently changed size, you should consult with your doctor about the possible causes and options for possible treatment. However, if your breasts have always been this way, it is probably just a cosmetic concern rather than a medical one.
Q. I have recently noticed a slight discharge when examining my breast, is this normal?
A. Many women can have discharge that may vary in color from clear, to reddish or blue tinged. Even in women that have never had children, pressure or movement of the breast can cause discharge to appear. While this is usually nothing to worry about; it may be a sign of changes in the ducts of your breast and should be brought to the attention of your doctor during your visit.
Q. I have never done a breast self-exam and don't know if I can do it correctly, where can I get instructions?
A. This office will be glad to personally instruct you in the correct way to perform a self-exam, however, if you click on this link here, it will take you to our self-examination page where you can find out more. If you are still unsure, please be sure to call and schedule an appointment and ask more questions.