Reasons to Get An Annual Breast Examination

Knowing that you have breast examination options at any age in your life is important. There are always ways that you can be proactive when it comes to preventing breast cancer.

Reasons to Get An Annual Breast Examination

We understand that deciding to get a mammogram can be different for everyone. Some women might feel nervous or anxious, especially if breast cancer runs in their family. Others may feel at ease because they know they are taking a proactive approach with their health. There are many reasons to get an annual breast examination.

Here at Bluestem Health, we want our patients to know that all these feelings are completely normal. The United States Preventive Services Task Force, “recommends that women who are 50 to 74 years old and are at average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every two years. Women who are 40 to 49 years old should talk to their doctor or other healthcare professional about when to start and how often to get a mammogram. Women should weigh the benefits and risks of screening tests when deciding whether to begin getting mammograms before age 50.”

With that being said, there are several options for breast examinations.

  • Mammogram: an X-ray of the breast. For many women, mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms for you.
  • Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): uses magnets and radio waves to take pictures of your breast. Breast MRI is used along with mammograms to screen women who are at high risk for getting breast cancer, meaning that it’s common in your family.

These types of breast examinations are done with machines that are highly-efficient and effective in detecting any stage of breast cancer. However, there are other breast examinations that require no machinery. For instance, there is:

  • Clinical Breast Exam: an exam that is done by a doctor or nurse by feeling for lumps in your breasts.
  • Breast Self-Exam: a self exam you can do regularly at home that is the same as what the healthcare provider does during your clinical breast examination.

Knowing that you have breast examination options at any age in your life is important. There are always ways that you can be proactive when it comes to preventing breast cancer.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the American Cancer Society offers helpful information and insights such as questions to ask, prognosis information, reconstructive surgery, as well as contact information for breast cancer survivors.

At Bluestem Health, we want you to know that you are never alone in this process and that there are doctors and therapists who can help you overcome the effects of breast cancer in your life.

If you want to talk to a medical professional or want to learn more about your breast examination options – our Bluestem Health Piedmont Clinic is accepting new patients. If you are looking for thoughtful, experienced, and easy-to-talk-to primary care providers, call (402) 480-7380. Our team of healthcare professionals is ready to care for you at Lincoln’s Piedmont Neighborhood.

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