Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

Diagnosis

  1. Breast Examination by a Health Professional: Women ages 20 – 49 should have a physical examination by a health professional every 1 – 2 years. Those over age 50 should be examined annually.
  2. Self examination: See slide no. 3
  3. Mammograms: Mammograms are very effective low-radiation screening methods for breast cancer. There is, however, debate on when women should begin to have mammograms and how frequently they should have them.
  4. Biopsy: A definitive diagnosis of breast cancer can be made only by a biopsy -a microscopic examination of a tissue sample of the suspicious area. When a lump can be felt and is suspicious for cancer on mammography, an excisional biopsy may be recommended.

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