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Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast cancer is a serious health issue affecting millions of women worldwide, and it’s important to take proactive measures in order to prevent it. Early detection is the key to successful treatment and higher survival rates, so every woman should be aware of the signs.

At Advanced Women’s Care, we’re passionate about educating women on breast cancer prevention so that they can take control of their health and potentially detect it early. Our team of specialists can help you with checkups and screenings to make sure you’re in good health.

We understand the importance of taking good care of your breast health, and our doctors will be sure to provide you with all the information you need in order to do so. If you need support for your breast health from the top gynecologist Pittsburgh has to offer, contact us and schedule your first appointment today.

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Steps for At-Home Breast Cancer Screening

Self breast exams are an important part of breast health, and all women should be familiar with performing them regularly.

It’s best to perform a self breast exam about one week after the start of your menstrual period, when your breasts are least likely to be tender or swollen.

Here are the steps for a self breast exam:

  1. Standing in front of a mirror, look for any changes in the shape or size of your breasts. Look for dimpling, redness, and other signs of irritation.
  2. Raise your arms above your head and look for the same symptoms as in step one.
  3. While lying down on a flat surface, use the pads of your fingers to press gently into each breast in a circular motion; covering the entire breast and armpit area. This can help you detect any lumps that may not be visible in step one and two.
  4. At the end of each self-exam, feel both armpits for unusual lumps or swelling.

It’s also important to talk to your doctor about getting regular clinical breast exams every year as part of your preventive care routine.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I need it, can you refer me to breast surgeons near me?

If you discover any changes during your self-exam or screening, or if you have questions about a referral to a breast cancer surgeon, the team at Advanced Women’s Care can help. We refer to a number of highly skilled and experienced breast surgeons in the area that we trust to provide the best care for our patients.

Are some women at a higher risk for breast cancer than others?

Yes. There are a number of factors that can put you at an increased risk for breast cancer, including age, genetics, lifestyle factors, and family medical history. It is important to discuss your risk factors with your doctor so that you can get the appropriate screenings and preventive care recommendations. If this applies to you, Advanced Women’s Care can help refer you to a trusted, skilled specialist for high-risk breast cancer screenings.

Is it necessary to have a clinical breast exam if I can perform self exams?

Yes, it’s important to talk to your doctor about getting regular clinical breast exams every year as part of your preventive care routine. This is especially true for women who have increased risk factors for breast cancer.

How can I schedule an appointment if I think I need a breast cancer screening?

At Advanced Women’s Care of Pittsburgh, we want the process of getting started with us to be as smooth as possible. Just contact our office, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff will get you scheduled quickly and easily.