Along with medical ultrasound awareness month, October celebrates breast cancer awareness month to bring to light the importance of women’s health, research, and advancements in the field to cure and detect breast cancer.
Did you know that along with a mammogram, breast ultrasound is used to produce pictures of the internal structures of the breast? Ultrasound is primarily used to help diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities that may have been found during a physical exam, mammogram, or breast MRI. It also lets your healthcare provider see how well blood is flowing to areas in your breasts. This test is often used when a change has been seen on a mammogram or when a change is felt but does not show up on a mammogram. Ultrasound is a safe and painless alternative for those who cannot be exposed to radiation.
Common Uses of Breast Ultrasound:
Early detection of breast cancer is critical to raise your rate of survival. Many breast cancer symptoms are not noticeable without a professional screening through your healthcare provider, but some symptoms can be caught early just by being proactive about your breast health. Along with a clinical exam, mammogram, and ultrasound a self-examination is encouraged at least once a month for Adult women and adults assigned female at birth. Johns Hopkins Medical center states,
“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”
Self-exams can be performed in the shower, in front of a mirror, and while lying down in bed. If you find a lump during your self-exam, schedule an appointment with your doctor, but don’t panic — 8 out of 10 lumps are not cancerous! But you can always contact your doctor or health provider for more information and to ease your mind.
For more information on how to perform self-breast exams on the National Breast Cancer website: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam
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